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Cheetah Footprint Cast Replica Model Animal Tracks are an invaluable asset to science teachers, naturalists and zoos. These educational plaques, made of extremely durable plastic, are actually cast from the authentic footprints left behind by each animal described.
The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large cat of the subfamily Felinae that occurs in North, Southern and East Africa, and a few localities in Iran. It inhabits a variety of mostly arid habitats like dry forests, scrub forests, and savannahs.
The cheetah is a large cat of the subfamily Felinae that occurs in North, Southern and East Africa, and a few localities in Iran. It inhabits a variety of mostly arid habitats like dry forests, scrub forests, and savannahs.
The cheetah is a lightly built spotted cat characterized with a small rounded head, a short muzzle, black tear-like facial streaks, a deep chest, long thin legs and a long tail. Its slender, canine form contrasts sharply with the robust build of the big cats. The coat is covered with numerous round, evenly spaced solid black spots on a tawny to creamy white or pale buff background. Each cheetah has a distinct pattern of spots that can be used to uniquely identify individuals. The chin, throat and the posterior are white and devoid of spots.
The cheetah is active mainly during the day, with hunting its major activity. It is a carnivore and preys mainly upon antelopes. It stalks its prey to within 330–980 ft., charges towards it and kills it by tripping it during the chase and biting its throat to suffocate it to death. Female cheetahs are solitary or live with their offspring in home ranges. Adult males are sociable despite their territoriality, forming groups called coalitions.
African cheetahs may achieve successful hunts running at a speed of only 40 mph. while hunting due to their exceptional ability to accelerate, but are capable of accelerating up to 70 mph. on short distances of 330 ft. The cheetah is therefore the fastest land animal.
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