A "Coalition" of Cheetahs ...
The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the world, reaching speeds of up to 113km/h! And they can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds! Male cheetahs may form coalitions of two to three members, generally brothers, to increase their territory range, and defend it from other cheetahs. Females, by contrast, are generally solitary, except when raising a litter. Unlike all other big cats, cheetahs can’t roar. Like housecats (and pumas), they purr but their most distinct sound is a chirping bird-like noise.
International Cheetah Day is December 4th, a day for education and awareness about the world's fastest land animal.
Cheetahs once ranged across the entire African continent, except for the Congo Basin, and into Asia from the Arabian Peninsula to eastern India. Today, cheetahs are found in only 23% of their historic African range and are extinct in their Asian range except for a small population in Iran of about 100 individuals.
With its long legs and very slender body, the cheetah is often referred to as "the greyhound of cats" and is capable of reaching speeds greater than 110 kilometers per hour in just over 3 seconds and at top speed has a stride of 7 meters long.
Adult cheetahs are easy distinguished from other cats by their solid black spots which are a form of camouflage which helps cheetahs hunt prey and hide form other predators. Until about three months of age, cheetah cubs have a thick silvery-grey mantle down their back. The mantle helps camouflage the cubs by imitating the look of an aggressive animal called a honey badger. This form of mimicry may help deter predators such as lions, hyenas, and eagles.
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan uses the various colours of the cheetah's coat and is "almost all teeth."
For more on this endangered animal, click the cheetah and her cub.