What do cheetah eat?

Cheetahs are carnivores and primarily prey on small to medium-sized antelopes and gazelles. According to the provided search results, their diet includes:
  • Gazelles (especially Thomson's gazelles)124
  • Impalas24
  • Other small to medium-sized antelopes like springbok, steenbok, duikers14
  • Young of larger animals like warthogs, kudu, hartebeest, oryx, roan, and sable2
  • Game birds2
  • Hares and rabbits24
  • Rodents4
Cheetahs rely on their incredible speed and acceleration to catch fast-moving prey like gazelles. They stalk their prey, get as close as possible, and then chase it down in a short, intense burst of speed up to 70 mph
Once close enough, they use their dew claws to trip the prey and then suffocate it with a bite to the throat2
Cheetahs need to eat their prey quickly as they can be bullied away from their kill by larger predators like lions and hyenas, or even vultures2. An adult cheetah eats about 2.8 kg (6.2 lbs) of meat per day on average1.
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