Dating the genetic bottleneck of the america cheetah summary
The Cat Classification Task Force have added that the divergence between soemmeringii, jubatus and venaticus is very recent, and these may represent a single subspecies, and that further study may reveal there are only two or even a single subspecies.
It occurs in Southern and East African countries including Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, several cheetah specimen were described and proposed as subspecies.
The following table is based on the classification of the species provided in Mammal Species of the World.
By 2016, the global cheetah population has been estimated at approximately 7,100 individuals in the wild.Cheetahs are active mainly during the day, with hunting their major activity.Adult males are sociable despite their territoriality, forming groups called coalitions.Gestation is nearly three months long, resulting in a litter of typically three to five cubs (the number can vary from one to eight).Weaning occurs at six months; siblings tend to stay together for some time.