Here are some things you can do to celebrate International Cheetah Day on December 4th:
- Learn about cheetahs – scroll down to see our cheetah facts
- Participate in one of the ICD events listed on our site here.
- Wish everyone you meet a very “Happy International Cheetah Day!”.
- Get yourself a Save The Cheetah International Cheetah Day shirt from our Bonfire fundraising campaign.
- Read Freeda The Cheetah by Picklefish Press! The Kindle version is free to download on Amazon.
- Download the Conservation Passport. When you finish the activities print out your very own Certificate of Cheetah Achievement!
- Join the conversation on Twitter by using hashtags #Loud4Cheetahs, #SaveTheCheetah, & #IntlCheetahDay. Use our Tweet Sheet to send tweets simply and easily. Just log in to your Twitter account and then open the Tweet Sheet. Click the TWEET button to instantly post to your Twitter page.
- Share a cheetah image on your social media profile for the day, week or month.
- Watch and share this special International Cheetah Day video message from Richard Wiese.
- Visit the places where cheetahs live. Visit a zoo on December 4th or make a plan to visit Africa (many conservation organizations gladly accept volunteers and interns). There are conservation organizations working in research facilities, around the world and in the field, to help save the cheetah. They need YOUR help, so please consider making a donation to one of the organizations that is making a difference TODAY!
And remember ……the cheetah needs your help not just on December 4th, but every day of the year!
The world’s fastest land animal is racing against extinction. Help us win the race!
Percent of Cheetahs We've Lost Over the Past 100 years
Show Your Support on Social Media
Show your support of the cheetah by promoting International Cheetah Day! Download a social media shareable graphic, post it and share it. Click on the thumbnails below to see the full size version, then download your favorite (or all) using the links.
Learn About Cheetahs
Get your own Conservation Passport for International Cheetah Day!
The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) needs your help as you celebrate International Cheetah Day. Make sure to gather more information about cheetahs and spread the word about wildlife conservation. Try making small changes in your everyday life to help your local wildlife and stay involved through service projects or fundraising to help international wildlife. In this FREE conservation passport you will find important information about the cheetah and its race for survival!
The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. They can run 70 mph (or 110 kph), which is as fast as cars drive on the highway. The cheetah can reach its top speed in just 3 seconds!
The cheetah’s fur is covered in solid black spots, and so is their skin! The black fur actually grows out of the black spots on their skin.
A cheetah's favorite food
Cheetahs are carnivores, and feed mostly on smaller antelope like springbok, steenbok, Thomson’s gazelle, and duiker. They usually chase down their prey and then bite its throat, killing it by cutting off its air supply (suffocation).
Tail like a rudder
The cheetah has a long, muscular tail that has a flat shape. The tail almost functions like a rudder on a boat because they use it to help control their steering and keep their balance when running very fast.
Almost like flying
When cheetahs are running full speed, their stride (length between steps) is 6-7 meters (21 feet). Their feet only touch the ground twice during each stride.
A lot of kids
A mother cheetah usually cares for anywhere from 2 to 8 cubs per litter, but cubs are often the target of other predators and many do not survive past the first year.
Like Football Players
Cheetahs have “tear marks” that run from the inside corners of their eyes down to the outside edges of their mouth. These marks help reflect the glare of the sun when they are hunting during the day. They work just like the black marks that football players put under their eyes during the games. These marks also work like the sights on a rifle, to help the cheetah “aim” and stay focused on their prey when they are hunting.
Not just a funny haircut
Cheetah cubs have long tall hair that runs from their neck all the way down to the base of their tail, which is called the mantle. The mantle makes a cheetah cub look like a honey badger and makes them blend into tall grass, which helps keep them safe from threats like lions and hyenas.
Most endangered cat
There are less than 8,000 cheetahs left in the wild, making the cheetah Africa’s most endangered big cat.
Cheetah Pecha Kucha
Brian Badger, Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Director of Conservation and Outreach discusses cheetahs in this Pecha Kucha (chit chat) style presentation. Learn amazing facts about cheetahs, the problems they face and the work that’s being done to save them in the wild. Watch it here by clicking the player below. Expand the presentation by clicking in the top right corner of the player or visit www.voicethread.com to view.