The South African cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus jubatus) lives in the deserts and open habitats of South Africa. The cheetah is also called Namibian cheetah because large number of cheetah population is also found in Namibia.
South African Cheetah Facts
The cheetah has a bright yellow coat that sometimes looks golden during sunset.
Male cheetahs have a body length of 168 to 200 cm (66 to 79 in) whereas females measure around 162 to 213 cm (64 to 84 in).
South African Cheetah Size: The average length of the tail is 59.5 to 73 cm (23.4 to 28.7 in) in adult cheetahs. South African cheetahs weigh 21 and 63 kg (46 and 139 lb).
What Do South African Cheetahs Eat? South African cheetahs mostly eat antelope, wildebeest, puku, springbok, red hartebeest, gemsbok, impala, oribi, warthog, oryx, nyala, puku, and Cape hares.
Where Do South African Cheetahs Live? Like other subspecies, they make homes in open habitats such as savannas, deserts, scrubforests, grasslands, and semi-desert steppes. They like to live in wide habitats because these habitats attract many herbivorous animals which are the primary diet of cheetah. They are also found in shrublands and mountain areas especially in South Africa.
South African cheetah lives in Nambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Swaziland, Botswana, and Malawi.
Males, unlike females are highly social animals. They prefer to live in groups. Adult males also mark territories while females do not.
What Eats South African Cheetahs? They have numerous predators including hyenas, leopards, African lions, and wild dogs.
South African Cheetah Population: The South African cheetah population is estimated at 6,000 worldwide. However they have lost much of their original habitat which is why cheetahs are Vulnerable in their native range.