Habitat of a Cheetah: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:03 Where Do Cheetahs Live?
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Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

The grassy plains of Africa are where cheetahs like to live, hunt, and raise their families. These open spaces allow the cheetahs to spot prey and predators from far away. Learn more about how cheetahs use their habitat to thrive.

Where Do Cheetahs Live?

If running fast was your favorite thing to do, where would you call home? You wouldn't want to live in the jungle or forest because trees would get in your way. You wouldn't want to live on the rocky coastland or in the mountains because the rocks and hills would slow you down. The best habitat for speed is a wide open space, which is why the lightning fast cheetahs call the flat, open savannas their home. A savanna is a mostly flat area of land that contains grasses and low bushes, but few trees.

Most wild cheetahs live in sub-Saharan Africa. The prefix sub means below, and Saharan refers to the Sahara Desert, so cheetahs are mostly found in the countries of Africa that are below the Sahara desert. These southern African countries include Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia, and Botswana. Cheetahs can also be found in Middle Eastern countries, like Iran.

A Cheetah's Habitat Helps It Thrive

Although cheetahs can live in deserts or lightly wooded areas, they prefer the flat, open grasslands where they can use their great eyesight, fast speed, and spotted coats to hunt and hide.

The grasslands that cheetahs call home are perfect hunting grounds. With few trees to block their vision, cheetahs can use their excellent sense of sight to spot prey, which include antelopes, gazelles, and hares or rabbits.

A cheetah is the fastest mammal on land. It can run faster than 60 miles per hour, which is about as fast as your parents drive on the highway. The flat grasslands of its home allow the big cats to use their strong, slender, and streamlined bodies to race along for long stretches without having to worry about running into trees or climbing mountains.

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