Werribee Open Range Zoo


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.

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.


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 is very curious and quite playful.

Cheetah Kulinda Birthday

Happy Birthday Kulinda

Toddler Weekdays have taken on a whole new meaning at Werribee Open Range Zoo, especially for Cheetah Kulinda who turned 3 on 8 October. Like most ‘toddlers’, Kulinda is very vocal, inquisitive and a fussy eater at times.

9 October 2015
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
Slumber Safari - couple

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 overlooking Australian Journey. 

  • 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’