The African savanna is one of the cheetah's main habitats, and other animals that live alongside the wildcat in this environment are the African elephant, giraffe and Grant's gazelle. Whereas the cheetah is a carnivore, these three creatures are among the savanna's many plant eaters.
Weighing up to 14,000 pounds and up to 13 feet high at the shoulder, the African elephant is the planet's largest land animal, even outdoing the Asian elephant. It shares the cheetah's home in the African savanna, feeding on the leaves of the sparse trees that populate this habitat. The African elephant is often a target of poachers, as its ivory tusks fetch a good price on the black market.
While the elephant is the largest land mammal, the giraffe is the tallest. These creatures can reach heights of 19 feet, giving them a distinct advantage on the savanna in reaching vegetation in the treetops. They also use their long neck to keep on the lookout for lions and other predators.
The Grant's gazelle occupies savanna habitat along the eastern edge of Africa around Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and Ethiopia. They grow to be 30 to 36 inches and weigh up to 145 pounds. Hunting and habitat destruction are a recurring threat to the species.