Cheetah Diet Facts. Cheetahs are carnivores meaning their primary food is meat. Because cheetahs are light and lean they typically hunt smaller prey than other big cats.
These predators stick to smaller prey such as gazelles hares young wildebeest warthogs and birds. They also take on impalas and other small to medium-sized antelopes. They are carnivores and they mainly hunt herbivores animals which include small mammals gazelles and a large number of antelope species.
Male cheetahs sometimes hunt in packs while female cheetahs hunt solo unless accompanied by her cubs.
Although a cheetah is big for a cat they are not as big as leopards jaguars lions or tigers. According to a study young gazelles make up 50 of the diet. Some common prey species include gazelles blesbok springbok duiker and impala. An adult cheetah eats 28 kg 62 lbs of meat per day on average.