December 4th

International Cheetah Day -

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Every year on the 4th of December, we come together to commemorate International Cheetah Day. This special day is dedicated to celebrating cheetahs - remarkable creatures acknowledged as the quickest terrestrial animals in the world. However, it’s also a day to remember the serious threats they’re facing, including poaching, illegal wildlife trade, and habitat loss.

On this significant day, wildlife lovers, conservation groups, and individuals worldwide unite in their actions and voices to advocate for the preservation and protection of cheetahs, animals integral to maintaining the equilibrium of our ecosystems.

History of International Cheetah Day

Dr. Laurie Marker, the founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia, Africa, declared December 4th as International Cheetah Day in 2010. This date coincided with the symbolic “birthday” of a cheetah named Khayam who was raised by Dr. Marker in Oregon’s Wildlife Safari and subsequently became the inspiration for the establishment of CCF after being taught to hunt and survive in the wild in Namibia.

International Cheetah Day serves as a call-to-action to raise awareness and rally support to save the cheetah, which is now under serious threat of extinction. Pivotal to this cause is the encouragement of worldwide initiatives aimed at preserving this distinctive species.

Various events, including educational programs, charity drives, and other globally coordinated efforts, are held on International Cheetah Day. CCF undertakes diverse activities designed to instruct people about the challenges facing cheetahs. They also highlight the efforts individuals can contribute towards the conservation of cheetahs. They invite institutions such as schools, businesses, and wildlife reserves to promote awareness, to facilitate dialogue with government representatives about cheetah conservation, and to support related organizations through donations.

What began as a one-day event has steadily grown into a week-long series of activities emphasizing the importance of cheetah conservation. As a result, December 4th is internationally acknowledged as a day for honoring the cheetah and advocating for its survival.

International Cheetah Day Timeline

Early Cheetahs

The earliest ancestors of modern cheetahs are believed to have appeared in North America.

Spread to Africa and Asia

Cheetahs migrated to Africa and Asia.

Population Decline

Cheetah populations began to decline due to hunting and habitat loss.

Founding of Lions Clubs International

It is a worldwide institution where cheetah conservation efforts begin as a part of their wildlife conservation project.

Founding of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)

Organization dedicated to saving the cheetah in the wild. It was founded by Dr. Laurie Marker.

Cheetah Conservation Plan by CCF

Creation of an international conservation plan to protect and increase the number of cheetahs in the wild.

First International Cheetah Day

December 4, 2010 was the first official International Cheetah Day declared by CCF.

Current Status

Cheetah populations continue to dwindle despite conservation efforts, with approximately 7000 adult cheetahs remaining in the wild.

Ideas to Celebrate International Cheetah Day

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Visit a Zoo or Animal Sanctuary

Spend the day observing and learning about cheetahs at your local zoo or animal sanctuary. Often, these institutions will have special events or programming on International Cheetah Day, making it a perfect way to celebrate and increase your knowledge about this speedy creature.

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Fundraise for Cheetah Conservation

Create a fundraising event with proceeds going to cheetah conservation organizations. This can be anything from a charity run, a bake sale, online crowdfunding, or a silent auction. Not only does it help raise funds, but it also peaks the curiosity and awareness of the public regarding cheetahs.

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Cheetah-Themed Party

Throw a cheetah-themed party in honor of their special day. Decorate the venue with cheetah prints, serve snacks and desserts shaped like cheetahs or use cheetah printed disposable plates and cups. Fun cheetah inspired games can also add to the joy of the celebration.

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Watch and Share Documentaries

A great way to celebrate International Cheetah Day is by watching and sharing documentaries about cheetahs. This helps to increase knowledge about the species and spreads the word about their conservation needs.

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Cheetah Art & Craft

A fun way to celebrate the day, particularly with children, is to get creative with cheetah-inspired art and craft activities. Drawings, paintings, clay models or coloring cheetah masks can help engage the kids while teaching them about this wonderful creature.

8 Interesting Facts About Cheetahs


Fastest Land Animal

Cheetahs are the fastest land animal, capable of reaching speeds up to 70 miles per hour. They can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles in an astonishing three seconds.


Non-Retractable Claws

Unlike most cats, cheetahs do not have retractable claws. This feature, alongside special pads, provides extra traction when running at high speed.


Low Diversity

Cheetahs have low genetic variability compared to other cats due to a near-extinction event about 10,000 years ago. This lack of diversity is a challenge for the survival of the species.


Specialized Hunting

Instead of stalking and pouncing like other big cats, cheetahs rely on their incredible speed for hunting. They chase down and trip their prey before delivering a fatal bite to the neck.


Incredible Vision

Cheetahs possess an amazing range of sight and they can spot prey from 5 km away. This is primarily a daytime hunter which relies on visual sight.


Problematic Social Life

Male cheetahs have a unique social structure. They live in small groups referred to as coalitions, usually formed between brothers of the same litter.


Vulnerable Beings

Although cheetahs are great at hunting and have total control when running, they are actually quite vulnerable. They often lose their prey to larger or more aggressive animals.


Breeding Programs

Due to their declining populations, there are many breeding programs around the world committed to saving the cheetah from extinction.

International Cheetah Day FAQs

Next International Cheetah Day Dates

Year Date Day
2023 December 4th Monday
2024 December 4th Wednesday
2025 December 4th Thursday
2026 December 4th Friday
2027 December 4th Saturday
What is the pattern? Every December 4th

International Cheetah Day Word Search

  • Cheetah
  • Speed
  • Endangered
  • Conservation
  • Wildlife
  • Predator