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Cooper wrote about an animal he had shot near modern-day Harare.
Describing the animal, he noted its remarkable similarity to the cheetah, but the body of this individual was covered with fur as thick as that of a snow leopard and the spots merged to form stripes.
Thanks to its prowess at hunting, the cheetah was tamed and used to kill game at hunts in the past.
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.
The cheetah is the only extant species of the genus Acinonyx.
It belongs to Felinae, the subfamily of Felidae that also includes lynxes, wildcats, and the puma.