The Taxonomy of a Cheetah

By Cassie Stancell

What is Taxonomy?

Taxonomy is the research of organisms. There are 7 levels of taxonomy. The levels are called, including Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, & Species.

Taxonomy of a Cheetah

Taxonomic Levels of a Cheetah--

Kingdom: Animalia; This organism is Multicellular, Heterotrophic, & Eukaryote. By the organism being Multicellular means that they are made up of more than one cell. Heterotrophic means that they have to find their own food. Eukaryote means that the  kind of cells that the organism has.

Phylum: Chordata; This organism has share four key features

  • a notochord (spinal cord)
  • a dorsal hollow nerve cord
  • pharyngeal slits (filter-feeding organs)
  • post-anal tail
  • Class: Mammalia; Some characteristics of organisms that are in this is;; warm blooded, posses hair that contains keratin, and they also have a well-developed brain. There are other characteristics also for organisms in this level.

    Order: Carnivora; skull shape (large brains).

    Family: Felidae; they have short snouts, claws, they walk on their toes, patterns on their fur.

    Genus: Acinonyx; The organism is not a good climber and depends on their speed than movement to catch their food sources.

    Species: Jebatus; The organisms in this are slim, have long legs, and black spots all over their bodies.

    Where is the Cheetah found?

    The Life of a Cheetah

    Cheetah used to be seen out across most of the continents but now  they are mostly in Africa and a small number are seen in Iran. The highest number of Cheetahs are found in south-western Africa. Cheetahs like to find their food in open fields but they are also found in a lot of other places like deserts, thick areas filled with grass, and on mountains, seeing that there is more water and food there. Cheetahs are one of the many helpless animals in Africa, they're hunted down by humans and their homes are destroyed by human's moving in on their habitats.

    Cheetah's are mostly active during the day, that means they are some what protected from being attacked by Lions or Hyenas because they like to hunt for food during the night because it is cooler then. Male cheetahs mostly hunt in small groups with siblings. Female spend time with their cubs and teach them how to hunt. Female like to roam around larger areas than males. Female cheetahs are shy but move faster than males so that they can hunt for food during the day without being spotted easily.

    Interesting Facts of a Cheetah

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