Female cheetahs are polyestrous, meaning they ovulate several times per year, according to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center. The cheetah's estrous cycle, similar to menstruation in humans, is 12 days long, with o... More »

Occasionally, cheetahs are attacked by larger predators such as lions, hyenas and leopards. For adult cheetahs, this is a rare occurrence, but for cheetah cubs, the mortality rate reaches around 90 percent. More »

Cheetahs drink water. Like nearly all other animals, cheetahs require water to support vital internal processes. They can, however, live up to 10 days without any water. More »

Cheetahs use their incredible speed to catch their prey. While cheetahs will eat just about any animal they can catch, some of their primary prey species include Thomson’s gazelles and impala. Cheetahs evolved a number o... More »

Cheetahs sleep wherever they like and are typically not concerned about sleeping out in the open as long as the spot is shady. The cheetah knows how fast it is and it knows that it can quickly escape should there be a th... More »

The cheetah is endangered due to a combination of genetic frailties and the adverse effects of a dwindling habitat. The species has also been decimated by farmers seeking to protect their herds. More »

A group of cheetahs is called a coalition. Coalitions are typically groups of two to three males, and they are often formed between brothers and rarely include unrelated male cheetahs. More »