- Only cat that cannot retract its claws
- Distinctive black “tear tracks” running from the inside corner of each eye to the mouth that may serve as an anti-glare mechanism for daytime hunting.
- Small, rounded head that is set on a long neck, a flexible spine, a deep chest, special pads on its feet for traction, and a long tail for balance
- Human – wildlife conflict threatens their survival
- Habitat loss also present major threat to cheetahs
- Illegal trade is threatening wild populations