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.