Cheetahs are known for being the fastest land mammal and are the sprinters of the cat world - they're almost 3 times as fast as the fastest human.

Cheetahs make a unique, bird-like sound called a 'chirrup' when they are excited. They can purr, growl, snarl and hiss, but cheetahs can't roar like lions or tigers.

Auckland Zoo has supported Cheetah Outreach's Anatolian Shepherd guarding programme since 2004, which is proven to prevent farmers killing cheetah - Africa's most endangered big cat.

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Cheetah Qia and Quartz arrive at Auckland Zoo!

We’re celebrating the arrival of our two new female cheetah who were hand-reared and raised at Cango Wildlife Ranch and will in the future become part of the international breeding programme for their species.

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Watch our cheetah girls take a walk!

Under the watchful eyes of our Carnivore Keepers our cheetah sisters, Qia and Quartz have been patrolling the zoo before opening hours, learning about all of the new sights, smells, and sounds the wider zoo grounds – and their animal inhabitants - have to offer.