Scientific Name: Acinonyx jubatus

Found In: Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, & other African countries

Size: The cheetah grows to 28-35 inches at the shoulder and weighs 46-159 pounds.

Diet: Carnivore: Feeds on wide variety of prey, principally small- to mid-sized animal such as gazelle, kob and impala as well as ground-dwelling birds and small mammals, such as hares, up to large ungulates such as wildebeest, kudu or eland.

Threat Level: Vulnerable – Due to habitat loss and fragmentation, human-animal conflict over livestock and the illegal pet trade.

Facts: Cheetahs are the fastest land mammals, and have been documented as reaching speeds up to 70 miles per hour.

Virginia Zoo Cheetahs: female Lima