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    CULINARY DROPOUT | 9TH & COLORADO BLVD | 4141 E 9th Ave, Denver, CO 80220-3718 |, CO, United States
    December 2, 2023 - 2:00 PM
    Colorado Chapter - International...
    Sponsored by: Colorado Chapter - International Cheetah Day (ICD) - Open to the Public Group Gathering
    Coney Island, NY, NY, United States
    December 3, 2023 - 12:00 pm
    Polar Plunge

    Sponsored by: CCF NY Chapter
    Otjiwarongo, Otjozondjupa, Namibia
    December 4, 2023 - All Day
    Info Booth
    Sponsored by: CCF Namibia
    Rome, Lazio, Italy
    December 4, 2023 - 5.15 pm
    Television Talk on Dec.4 in Rome...
    Sponsored by: Cheetah Conservation Fund Italia APS ETS
    San Mateo, CA, United States
    December 4, 2023 - 9am PST
    Learn to Draw a Cheetah on ICD

    Sponsored by: Cheetah Conservation Fund and John Muir Laws
    Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
    December 3, 2023 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    International Cheetah Day

    Sponsored by: Wilhelma zoological-botanical garden Stuttgart
    Hargeisa, Somaliland, United States
    December 4, 2022 - 3:45pm
    3rd International Cheetah Day ...
    Sponsored by: CCF Somaliland
    Tucson, AZ, United States
    December 3, 2023 - Zoo Hours
    CCF educational booth at the REID...
    Sponsored by: CCF AZ Chapter
    Alexandria, VA, United States
    December 4, 2023 - All Day
    International Cheetah Day
    Sponsored by: Cheetah Conservation Fund
    San Diego, CA, United States
    December 4, 2023 - 1:00pm PST
    Shop With Kendra Scott to Give...

    Sponsored by: Kendra Scott x Cheetah Conservation Fund SoCal
    Memphis, TN, United States
    December 4, 2016 - Zoo opens 9AM - 5PM, last admission at 4PM Cental Standard Time, with ICD on Dec 4, 10:00AM - 3:00PM. NOTE! At 10;00AM is the Cheetah Plushie Giveaway to first 100 guests at Cheetah Exhibit in Cat Country. Keeper Chat at 1:30PM, 10;00AM to 3PM are cheetah exhibit activities.
    Sponsored by: Memphis City Zoo/AZA Cheetah SAFE
    Phoenix, AZ, United States
    December 2, 2023 - Phoenix Zoo Hours
    International Cheetah Day
    Sponsored by: CCF AZ Chapter

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


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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!

Download the Student Version and the Teacher Version complete with activity instructions and answers.

The Living Desert CHEETAH FUN! K-12 Activity Guides

The Living Desert designed a curriculum that includes the NGSS standards most relevant to the content. “STEAM” concepts are utilized in the three PDF’s that are created in the grade ranges: K-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th.

Download the Grades K – 5 Version, Grades 6 – 8 , and Grades 9 – 12

Cheetah Facts

Cheetah Speed

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!

Spotted Skin

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 lfewer than 7,500 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 to view.

International Cheetah Day Poster

Download a .pdf of our International Cheetah Day Poster. The poster is A3 size for easy printing. The poster was designed and kindly donated by Asim Krdzalic, Lecturer & Zoo expert in Conservation education, Animal welfare and behaviour.

Freeda The Cheetah

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About International Cheetah Day

Dr. Laurie Marker is the founder of Cheetah Conservation Fund. She designated December 4th as International Cheetah Day in remembrance of Khayam, a cheetah she raised from a cub at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon (pictured left). Dr. Marker brought Khayam to Namibia to determine if captive-born cheetahs could be taught to hunt. Their efforts were successful and eventually the pair returned to Oregon. But during this trip, Dr. Marker witnessed African farmers removing wild cheetahs from the landscape as a perceived threat. In 1990, she launched CCF and relocated to Namibia to mitigate the problem of farmer-cheetah conflict. Because of her interactions with Khayam, Dr. Marker dedicated her life to becoming the cheetah’s champion, and she chose December 4th – Khayam’s birthday – for this important honor.