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How long do cheetahs live?

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Cheetahs live 10 to 12 years in their natural habitat. Most cheetahs are found in eastern and southwestern Africa, but their numbers are dwindling. It is estimated that there are 7,000 to 10,000 cheetahs left in the wild.

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How long do cheetahs live?
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Cheetahs are best known for their speed. They are unsurpassed when running on land. The big cats, which can go from standing to 60 miles per hour in three seconds flat, have a faster acceleration than a car. Both quick and coordinated, cheetahs can change directions when chasing their quarry The cats have excellent eyesight and hunt well during the day. The attack, chase and kill typically lasts no more than one minute.

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