It’s International Cheetah Day!

How could I have missed this. Reader Michael called this to my attention, but Cheetah Day is almost over in the UK, and has about 9 hours to go in the US. Well, here’s the main website for the Day, and there are lots of things to read as well as cheetah-related activities in various American cities:

What you can do:

Here are some things you can do to celebrate International Cheetah Day on December 4th:
  1. Learn about cheetahs – scroll down to see our cheetah facts
  2. Participate in one of the ICD events listed on our site here.
  3. Wish everyone you meet a very “Happy International Cheetah Day!”.
  4. Get yourself one of the Save The Cheetah International Cheetah Day shirt from CCF’s Bonfire fundraising campaign.
  5. Read Freeda The Cheetah by Picklefish Press! The Kindle version is free to download on Amazon.
  6. Download Cheetah Conservation Fund’s Conservation Passport and The Living Desert’s CHEETAH FUN! K – 12 Activities. When you finish the activities print out your very own Certificate of Cheetah Achievement!
  7. Join the conversation on Twitter by using hashtags #SaveTheCheetah & #IntlCheetahDay. Use our Tweet Sheet to send tweets simply and easily. Just log in to your Twitter account and then open the Tweet Sheet. Click the TWEET button to instantly post to your Twitter page.
  8. Share a cheetah image on your social media profile for the day, week or month.
  9. Host a Namibia: Land of the Cheetahs viewing party. Invite your friends and share the Born to Explore special by Richard Wiese now available on Amazon.
  10. Visit the places where cheetahs live. Visit a zoo on December 4th or make a plan to visit Africa (many conservation organizations gladly accept volunteers and interns). There are conservation organizations working in research facilities, around the world and in the field, to help save the cheetah. They need YOUR help, so please consider making a donation to one of the organizations that is making a difference TODAY!

I’m putting up a cheetah image on Facebook now.  And remember, cheetahs are the only species of cat whose claws cannot retract.

Here’s a short video of cheetah vocalizations, also sent by Michael (and you can see other new Cheetah Awareness Day videos here):

14 Comments

  1. Merilee
    Posted December 4, 2018 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    🐾🐾😻

  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 4, 2018 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I am sure my wife donates to this. Have to ask her when she gets back later today.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted December 4, 2018 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    I am sure my wife donates to this. Have to ask her when she gets back later today.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted December 4, 2018 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

      Why that happened???

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted December 4, 2018 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

        I dunno – it’s happened to a few posters today including PCC[E]

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted December 4, 2018 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

        I dunno – it’s happened to a few posters today including PCC[E] 🙂

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted December 4, 2018 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Bakari in the video: He’s clearly expressing his displeasure at not being able to get hold of the chewy-looking miniature cat hiding inside the camera lens.

  5. E.A. Blair
    Posted December 4, 2018 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Q: What’s the difference between a cheetah and a cheater?

    A: A cheetah is a running cat; a cheater is a cunning rat.

    • keith
      Posted December 5, 2018 at 11:25 am | Permalink

      Very good.

  6. Posted December 5, 2018 at 7:33 am | Permalink

    But why can’t cheetah claws retract? Or is that answered in the video?

    -Ryan

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted December 5, 2018 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      Cheetah claws are short & semi-retractable. Because of this they are blunt & not terribly useful for gripping prey [except the dew claw which is tough & sharp].

      The claws have become specialised running spikes to aid with acceleration. I suppose a blunt claw is better for this as a sharp claw would break [or get pulled out] on certain surfaces.

      I read that cheetah’s are sort of convergent with dogs in the foot department – extra tough pads, semi-retracting claws for running & the jaws being the killing tool rather than the clawed foot.

      • Merilee
        Posted December 5, 2018 at 9:32 am | Permalink

        And I think I’ve read that cheetahs’ gaits are more like dogs’ than cats’.

      • E.A. Blair
        Posted December 5, 2018 at 10:13 am | Permalink

        The clawed foot is not a cat’s principal killing tool. All cats, from the tiny sand cat and domestic cat to the largest lion or Amur tiger use a bite to the back of the neck as the preferred method of killing prey. Kills from clawing are not typical.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted December 5, 2018 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      Here’s an image of the cheetah dew claw – a serious bit of cutlery:


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