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Habitat

Open grassland and savannah.

Wild Diet

Impala, springbok, gazelle and other hoofed animals.

Behaviour

The cheetah usually hunts and eats during late morning and early afternoon to avoid competing with other large carnivores. Single cheetahs hunt smaller prey and kill less frequently than groups of cheetahs. Two or more cheetahs can tackle large animals up to the size of zebra or young buffalo, but this is rare.

Breeding

3 - 4 cubs are born after a gestation of 90 - 95 days (3 months). Young cheetahs are dirty white on top and spots emerge before they are 2 months old.

Threats

Hunting, habitat destruction.

Conservation

There is a European Endangered species Programme (EEP) for the cheetah and the captive population in zoos is being managed co-operatively world-wide.

How do I adopt a cheetah?

First choose the adoption package you wish to purchase, see below, and then make your animal selection.

Adoptions apply to the species rather than individual animals. This is because our animals may move to other zoos as part of breeding programmes.

Adopt a cheetah

Adoption Pack - £30

  • An adopter’s certificate
  • A fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • Your name on an adopters plaque displayed in the Zoo for 12 months
  • A thank you letter
  • A photograph of your chosen animal

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Adopt a gorilla

Junior Adoption Gift Box - £55

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A soft toy of your chosen animal
  • One junior entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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adopt a giraffe

Adult Adoption Gift Box - £60

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A Paignton Zoo mug
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packed in a presentation box

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Adopt a rhino

Glass Adoption Gift Box - £75

Includes all items within the adoption pack plus:

  • A glass rhino specially created by Teign Valley Glass
  • One adult entrance ticket to Paignton Zoo
  • All packaged in a presentation box

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