• Status

    Vulnerable Species

  • Size

    Up to 72 kg

  • Threat

    Habitat loss

  • Distribution

    North Eastern Africa

  • Diet


Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is derived from the Hindi word Chita, meaning “spotted one”. Acinonyx means “no move claw” in Greek — a reference to its semi-retractable claws. The word Jubatus means “crested” in Latin.

Cheetah Territory is home to a pair of ferociously fast felines, female Darcy and male Brooke.

Where in the park?

Welcome to the heart-pounding hub of speed, agility, and wild adventure – Cheetah Territory!

Get ready to embark on your expedition into the realm of these lightning-fast felines.

Visit Cheetah Territory

Fast Facts


Cheetahs prefer to hunt during the day. They are known to eat quickly, abandoning their kills once other predators are spotted.
Around 10% of cheetah kills end up being stolen, mostly by lions and spotted hyenas.

Ice to see you, to see you... ice

Cheetahs have been around for thousands of years. The last ice-age caused an extreme decline in their genetic diversity, known as a bottleneck.


What's on today

Daily programme

Daily programme at Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Time Event Location
3:45 PM Cheetah Ranger Talk Cheetah Territory


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