The Ultimate Endangered Cheetah Quiz
by Staff
Their elegance, grace and speed probably accounted for their popularity, but today cheetahs are in very grave danger of extinction. Learn about the dangers cheetahs face and what we can do to save them.

How long does it take a cheetah to accelerate from walking speed to running speed?

  • less than two seconds
  • less than 10 seconds
  • more than 10 seconds

What is the maximum speed cheetahs can usually reach?

  • 40 miles per hour
  • 55 miles per hour
  • 70 miles per hour (110 kilometers)

How many times its body length can a cheetah leap?

  • twice
  • three
  • five

What do cheetahs usually prey on?

  • birds
  • antelope and gazelle
  • zebras and antelope

How many cheetahs did Akbar the Great capture?

  • 500
  • 3000
  • 9000

Where do today's surviving cheetahs mostly live?

  • Africa
  • U.S.A
  • Iran

How many cheetahs live in captivity around the world?

  • 500
  • 1000
  • 1500

What is the lowest estimation of the current African cheetah population?

  • 1000
  • 2000
  • 5000

Why is the cheetah an endangered species?

  • Most of the cheetah population was wiped out by fur traders.
  • Most of the cheetah population was wiped out by a plague in the early 1900s.
  • Most of the cheetah population has been wiped out over time because humans have destroyed cheetah's natural habitat and their food supply.

In what decade did cheetahs receive protected status?

  • the 1960s
  • the 1970s
  • the 1980s

For how many minutes must a cheetah rest after conducting a high speed hunt to catch supper?

  • two minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 30 minutes

How many cheetahs lose their kill to competitive predators?

  • one in five
  • one in 10
  • one in 100

In the Serengeti Plain, what percentage of cheetah cubs do not make it to adulthood?

  • 40 percent
  • 60 percent
  • 95 percent

What did David E. Wildt, a biomedical researcher specializing in cats, discover about cheetah sperm?

  • He discovered that 70 percent of cheetah sperm were abnormal.
  • He discovered that cheetahs have a very low sperm count.
  • He discovered that cheetah sperm are built in a way that makes it difficult for them to survive inside a female cheetah's body.

What did Stephen J. O'Brien attribute the cheetah's abnormal sperm to?

  • stressful conditions in captivity
  • lack of genetic variation among cheetahs
  • exposure to atomic waste

What epidemic broke out amongst cheetahs in Oregon's Wildlife Safari?

  • pneumonia
  • swine flu
  • infectious peritonitis

How many cheetah's rejected the skin grafts that O'Brien and colleagues gave them?

  • three
  • eight
  • 13

Between the years 1987 and 1991, how many captive cheetah births were there?

  • 33
  • 56
  • 201

What is a typical cheetah's personality?

  • friendly
  • easily frightened
  • aggressive

In the Serengeti, in how much territory would a female cheetah be alone in?

  • 100 square miles (300 square kilometers)
  • 200 square miles (500 square kilometers)
  • 300 square miles (800 square kilometers)