Werribee Open Range Zoo

Cheetah

These sleek and elegant animals are favourites with visitors to the Zoo, who are awed to meet Earth’s fastest land mammal face-to-face.

Cheetah are classed as vulnerable, with numbers in the wild decreasing. There may be fewer than 10,000 remaining in the wild, mainly in Africa. They are classed as ‘vulnerable’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (on the IUCN ‘red list’). They are suffering from habitat loss due to farming. While the days of hunting Cheetah for sport are gone, sadly they are still hunted for their fur and killed by farmers who perceive them to be a threat to livestock.

There has been some success in breeding Cheetah in zoos, and Werribee is hopeful that the Cheetah at the Zoo will in the future be part of a program that succeeds in increasing global numbers of this vulnerable species.

The Cheetah is the fastest land mammal on Earth, reaching speeds up to 112km/hour, although the average speed of a chase is around 64km/hour.

Cheetah formerly ranged in Asia, Western Iran and throughout Africa except for the true desert areas. The Cheetah can now be found in the eastern and southern regions of Africa. Their main habitats are open country, from semi-desert to dry savannah, including light woodland.

Cheetah range between 70 and 90cm in height and weigh between 35 and 65kg. The males are approximately 10kg heavier than the females. The body of the Cheetah is designed for speed and agility.

Meet the animals

Inkosana

Born 2003

Werribee is home and sanctuary to one male Cheetah, Inkosana, who is entering his senior years. Inkosana was one of three cubs born at Monarto Zoo in 2003 and has quite a serious personality.

Kulinda

Born 2012

Female cheetah Kulinda was one of five cubs born to Nakula at Monarto Zoo in October 2012. Her name means 'protect' in Swahili. She has a friendly, relaxed personality and loves food!

News
Cheetah Kulinda explores her new home

Curious Kulinda explores her new home

Young Cheetah Kulinda has made her public debut at Werribee Open Range after being cleared from quarantine.

Over the last week, Kulinda has been exploring her new surroundings, taking in all of the new sights and smells.

19 August 2014
Kulinda Cheetah

Werribee welcomes Cheetah Kulinda

Yesterday Werribee Open Range Zoo welcomed a very special arrival.

Eighteen-month old female Cheetah, Kulinda arrived at the Zoo yesterday afternoon after a smooth journey from Monarto Zoo.

23 May 2014
Encounters
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Slumber Safari

Enjoy an overnight experience at the Zoo in our luxury safari camp. Your stay includes amazing close-up animal encounters, drinks and dips at sunset, a sumptuous dinner, unique night-time activities and breakfast alongside the meerkats.  

Did you know?
  • It’s rare for Cheetahs to climb trees. They can jump onto low hanging branches and fallen trees, but adult Cheetahs are not good climbers
  • The claws are not retractable, like a dog, and are used as spikes in aid of sprinting
  • The Cheetah does not roar like a lion or tiger. Its range of vocal noises include chirping and churring, growling and purring
  • The name Cheetah means ‘spotted one’