© 1999 Hugh Thomas. . It’s Great to Be a Cheetah. by Curt Tiffany. I’d Like to Be a Cheetah. Last week I was asked the question: If you were an African animal, which animal would you most like to be, and why?
Last week I was asked the question:
After thinking about it for a little while, I decided I would like to be a cheetah. I knew they were really fast and that they hunted and ate other animals, but that was about it.
To make sure I made the right choice, and that I really would like to be a cheetah, I did some research and then tried to put myself in a cheetah’s paws.
When I was done, I decided it REALLY would be great to be a cheetah.
Then I was asked the question:
So I started to have a chat with this friend of mine and here’s what he has to say about being a cheetah…
California Academy of Sciences
Hear me purr
Hear me chirpI Am a Sleek and Beautiful Animal
I am the fastest animal in the world. I can run the 200 Meter Dash about three times faster than the fastest human.
Michael Johnson,world record holder:
6.0 – 7.0 seconds
Miles per hour
When it comes to acceleration,
I can beat a race car too!
I can go from 0 to 45 mphintwo seconds.
A Ferrari goes from 0 to 45 mph infour seconds.
That means I can accelerate twice as fast as a race car.
© Microsoft® Encarta® 2002.I Live Among Friends
Like most cheetahs, I live in Namibia, Africa.
Namibia, a small country in Africa, is the cheetah capital of the world. With over 2,000 cheetahs, Namibia is home to about one-sixth of the world’s 12,000 cheetahs.
About 2,000 other cheetahs are captive in zoos and reserves in other parts of the world.
I live in a wooded grassland savannah which is perfect for finding my prey. I eat hoofed animals that feed on grass.
The grasslands are good grazing grounds for cattle and sheep, which are especially tasty.
I hunt during the day. My low stature allows me to sneak through the tall grass of the savannah without being seen. The ability to perform a surprise attack on my target is important if I want to have something to eat.
I sneak within 100 feet of my prey. Then, I race in at close to 70 miles an hour, and pounce on my target, quickly pulling down my prey.
My small jaw doesn’t allow me to kill in one deadly bite, so I press on the throat of my victim until it suffocates.
I am not dependent on water holes like my prey; I get most of the water I need from the animals I eat.
My main sources of food are antelope, gazelle, hares and impala.
© Gerald and Buff Corsi, California Academy of Sciences
I Am a Consumer in the Food Web
The sun gives life and energy to all the plants
I eventually give energy
to the hyena which feeds on me once I have died or am sick.
The grass gives energy
to the antelope.
When the hyena
dies or is killed it gives
energy to the soil so
the grass grows.
The antelope gives
energy to me when
I eat it.
All animals give back to the soil when they die or through their waste.
= Gives energy to
Being a cheetah makes me a protected animal, but unfortunately many cheetahs like me are still hunted.
Our cheetah population is in decline.
Unless caring humans like you take steps to protect us, we will eventually be found only in zoos and wildlife parks.
Even though cheetahs are an endangered species, if you are an African animal,
a cheetah is great animal to be!
It’s great to be a cheetah, don’t you agree?