other animals which have gender specific names - 'bull' and 'cow' for
elephants; 'rooster' and 'hen' for chickens - humans apply the name 'cheetah'
to both sexes. Cheetah in the wild may be divided into 2 groups:
the family group/females and males.
Young females usually occupy the same range as their mother although ALL
females are solitary except when they have a litter. Average female home
ranges extend to 833 square kilometers (322 square miles). A female raises
her cubs alone since adult male and female cheetahs mix only to mate.
The average life span of wild radio-collared female cheetahs is 6.9 years
which compares to 11.7 years for females in captivity.
Only rarely will a male cheetah live alone. Generally 2 or 3 cheetah males,
often brothers, will form a coalition. This small group will live and
hunt together for life and usually claims a large area or range which
may overlap several female territories. The average size of male territories
is 37.4 square kilometers (14.4 square miles). Young males seek
out an area at a great distance from their parent; sometimes as far as
482 kilometers (300 miles).
|See also: Young, Ways
to say 'Cheetah', Smithsonian
Zoo Cheetah Cub Pictures and Info (external site)