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The American cheetah existed throughout the Pleistocene period. It is comprised of two feline species: the Miracinonyx inexpectatus and the M. trumani. Study of fossil bones conclude that the latter was more similar to a true cheetah, while the inexpectus was intermedia...


In the wild a cheetah's diet consists primarily of small, hoofed mammals such as impalas, gazelles and young wildebeest. Cheetahs prey on birds, hares, rabbits, warthogs and antelopes, according to the Conservation Institute. Since water is scarce in the regions where c...


A male cheetah is simply called a male cheetah. Likewise, female cheetahs are referred to as female cheetahs. Young cheetahs are called cubs and typically stay with their mother until they are about 1 year old.


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.


Cheetah migrating behavior varies by gender. Females tend to migrate in much broader ranges of around 300 square miles. After leaving their mothers, male cheetahs stick to areas of 30 to 50 square miles unless forced farther out by other male group members.


Cheetahs form no pair bonds and mate freely with members of the opposite sex during any time of the year. The males associate with the females for mating only, and provide no parental care. Cheetahs mate an average of three to five times per day, often with different in...


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 ovulation occurring on the second to third day of t...