Why Are Cheetahs Endangered? - Lesson for Kids

Why Are Cheetahs Endangered? - Lesson for Kids
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  • 0:04 All About Cheetahs
  • 0:35 Why Are Cheetahs Endangered?
  • 1:16 Loss of Habitat
  • 1:45 Predators
  • 3:21 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Jenna Scifo

Jenna has 14 years of experience teaching elementary students and has a master's degree in Teaching and Learning.

In this lesson, we will explore some interesting facts about cheetahs and how their population has decreased over time. You will also have a better understanding of what endangered means and how cheetahs have become endangered animals.

All About Cheetahs

Did you know that cheetahs can run as fast as a car can drive? It's true! Cheetahs are the fastest land animal and can sprint up to 75 mph for shorter distances. Cheetahs are in the Felidae family, which is a cat family. They are beautiful spotted animals that are related to bobcats and pumas. Cheetahs mostly live in Africa, where they are found south of the Sahara Desert, as well as in eastern Africa. There is also a very small population that lives in some parts of Iran.

Why Are Cheetahs Endangered?

Unfortunately, the population of cheetahs has declined quite a bit over time. Cheetahs once roamed almost all African countries and even lived in many parts of Asia. Their population has decreased by about 30% just in the last twenty years! In fact, while there were about 100,000 cheetahs in 1900, there are now less than 10,000 adult cheetahs living in the wild today.

Like many other animals on Earth, cheetahs have become endangered. Endangered means there are not many cheetahs left in our world, and they are at risk of becoming extinct, or no longer in existence. Let's take a closer look at why cheetahs are endangered.

Loss of Habitat

One reason cheetahs have become endangered is their loss of living space. They need large, open areas for their habitat. As our world grows and the population of humans increases, cheetahs continue to lose their habitat. Cheetahs are now competing with new roads, buildings, and farmland for their survival. They have to share smaller areas of open land with other large animals. As a result, they do not always have the food they require for living, because larger animals have the advantage.

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