Cooper wrote about an animal he had shot near modern-day Harare.
African bottleneck cheetah dating genetic
The species was first described by German naturalist Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber in his 1775 publication Die Säugethiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen.
Although the cheetah is an African cat, molecular evidence indicates that the three species of the Puma lineage evolved in North America two to three million years ago, where they possibly had a common ancestor during the Miocene.
Carnivores, cheetah mainly prey upon antelopes and gazelles.
They will stalk their prey to within 100–300 metres (330–980 ft), charge towards it and kill it by tripping it during the chase and biting its throat to suffocate it to death.
Cheetahs are induced ovulators, breeding throughout the year.