Ecology / Behaviour

Cheetahs do well in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from mountains and desert through to open grassland and bush. Cheetahs have a social system unlike any other cat species.

Diagram showing territories of male and female cheetah

Cheetah females are tolerant of other females, and do not maintain territories, whilst cheetah males are social, forming groups of 2 or 3, usually brothers, which stay together for the rest of their life. Males in groups are more likely than single males to take and retain a territory, which they will then defend against male intruders. In the Serengeti, male territories average 50km2, whilst females and males without territories move over 800km2 every year.