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Learn about cheetahs in this mini-unit geared toward grades 3-5 but adaptable for primary level. Includes worksheets, mazes, animal report forms, cursive handwriting practice, and links to coloring pages . 14 pages
Learn about cheetahs in this mini-unit geared toward grades 3-5 but adaptable for primary level. Includes worksheets, mazes, animal report forms, cursive handwriting practice, and links to coloring pages . 14 pages

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CHEETAHS
© TheTeachersDesk.info/Teachers Assistant Page 1 of 14Cheetahs 2-5
 
Cheetahs
T
he cheetah is a type of member of the big cat family. It is thefastest land mammal and can run up to eighty miles per hour for a short time. It has short, tan colored fur covered in roundblack spots which helps it blend into it's surroundings, or 
camouflage.
Compared to other big cats it is long and slender,with a large ribcage because it has large lungs to breathe inplenty of air when it is running. It also has a larger heart andlarger nostrils to help pump blood and take the air into the lungs.
U
nlike other “true” big cats, the cheetah can purr, but cannotroar. Most big cats can roar but not purr. It's claws arealways out and help the cat to run but not slip, by digginginto the ground. The tail also helps the cheetah keepbalance when running by using it as a rudder when it makessharp turns while hunting down an animal. The cheetah is a
carnivore,
or meat eater, and usually hunts gazelle,wildebeest, zebra, and other mammals.
T
here are cheetahs living in mostly Africa, some parts of Asia, andpossibly India. They prefer wide open areas like grasslands,prairies, savannahs, and anywhere they can run and find
 prey 
(ananimal hunted for food. A
 predator 
is an animal that hunts another animal.) They are also sometimes found in mountain areas.Cheetahs are very
endangered 
, or in danger of dying out. There areonly about 13,000 living in the wilds of Africa today.
M
ost male (boy) cheetahs live together with the brothers of their litters, althoughsometimes three of four lone cheetahs join up in their own group. These groups are called
coalitions.
Manymales are also
solitary 
, or live in their own. All males,whether in groups or not, are very territorial and havetheir own area, and fight or kill any other cheetahs thatinvade. Females (girls) do not haveterritories but have a
home range,
which is smaller. They live with their family or alone. Mothers are pregnant for about 100 days before thebabies are born. The baby cheetahs, or 
cubs
, start hunting with their mother at five weeks and leave their mother at three years, and findtheir own territory or home range.
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Vocabulary
Even though cheetahs can't roar, they have many other ways to communicate witheach other.
Chirping
– When a cheetah tries to find another cheetah, such as when a mother wants to find its cub, it makes a high-pitched chirping sound.
Churring/stuttering
- A churr can be seen as a social invitation to other cheetahs,an expression of interest, or uncertainty.
Growling
 – Usually used with hissing and spitting. Used when a cheetah is angry,scared or faced with danger.
Purring
– A cheetah purrs when it is content just like a house cat.
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