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The cheetah originated about 4 million years ago The oldest fossils place it inwhat is now Texas Nevada and Wyoming It was common throughout Asia AfricaEurope All cheetah in Europe and most of those in Asia and Africa vanished Thisbottleneck as theorized led to the present state of cheetah genetics all cheetahalive today appear to be as closely related as identical twins A unique factor of thecheetah is that it reaches up to speeds of 110 kmhr 68 Mph African Cheetah A jubatus red area Asiatic Cheetah A j venaticus green areaRange today are now commonly found only insub-Saharan Africa Their range includes sparse sub-desert steppe medium andlong-grass plains They need bushes tall grass and other large plants to hide fromTwo groups exist in wild populations the family group and males Malesoften siblings form a coalition of 2 or 3 rarely 1 will live alone This coalition willlive and hunt together for life and claims a range which may overlap several femaleterritories Males and females mix only to mate The average life span of wildradio-collared female cheetahs is 69 years which compares to 117 years for those incaptivity The niche is a top carnivore because it eats all the animals but is killed byA cheetah is carnivorous and eats a variety of small animals While most catsare nocturnal predators the cheetah is active in the day and not at night Huntingin early morning and late afternoon Dependent on sight rather than smell It likesto stand on a tree limb and look over the aera around it The cheetah suffocatesmost of its prey by closing its jaws about the animals windpipe and compressing Smaller animals like hares are killed by biting through the skull and Cheetah eatsmall antelope the young of larger animals as well as game birds and rabbits Human excess is probably the major factor pushing the cheetah towardextinction Too many people squeeze out other species by
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