National Zoo & Aquarium

Hi! I’m Jura a Cheetah

The Cheetah is well known as the fastest of all land, it can reach speeds of around 100km/per hour. Cheetahs can reach this speed in less around three seconds (faster than most ‘super cars’). While cheetahs have incredible speed, they do not have endurance. They can only maintain these fast speeds for around 30 seconds. They then need 30 to 40 minutes to recover. During this recovery period other predators often steal their catch. Because of this, cheetahs try to hunt when other predators are sleeping such as in the middle of the day. Cheetah sizes vary and range between 45 and 60kg. Males are usually slightly larger though it is almost impossible to tell male cheetahs from females, based on their size and weight.

The National Zoo & Aquarium is home to 3 cheetahs: Zingula, Ailsa and Jura. The zoo is part of a regional breeding program for Cheetahs.

Cheetah

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Cheetah facts

CONSERVATION STATUS Vulnerable
DISTRIBUTION Africa and West Asia
SIZE 40–60kg
LIFE SPAN 12–14 years but as low as 7 years in the wild
GESTATION 90–98 days

Learn more about Cheetahs on our Meet a Cheetah encounter

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