Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

About Cheetah:

  • The cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, is one of the oldest of the big cat species.
  • The cheetah is also the world’s fastest land mammal.
  • It is listed as vulnerable in IUCN red listed species
  • The country’s last spotted feline died in Chhattisgarh in 1947. Later, the cheetah was declared extinct in India in 1952
  • The Asiatic cheetah is classified as a “critically endangered” species by the IUCN Red List, and is believed to survive only in Iran.
  • Now they are being reintroduced to the Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh

Classification of Cheetah:

ParameterAfrican CheetahIndian Cheetah
IUCN statusVulnerableCritically endangered
NumbersAround 6500-7000Only 40-50 found in Iran
Physical characteristicsBigger in size than the Asian cheetahSmaller and paler than African cheetah and looks more like a cat with smaller head and longer neck
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