Duma is the animal protagonist in the 1989 film Cheetah. She is an orphaned baby cheetah that was adopted by the two human protagonists, Ted and Susan. She is later captured by corrupt gamblers and forced to run against greyhounds in a dog race.


Because she was brought up like a pet, Duma has no idea how to be a real wild cheetah.

Role in the film

An abandoned baby Duma is found by two American teenagers, Ted and Susan and their native friend, Morogo. Morogo informs Ted that her mother is dead and that she was skinned by a poacher. When Susan learns of this, she immediately wants to adopt her. Although the others think that's crazy, she thinks it's the only way for her to survive.

When the trio capture Duma, they plan to use her to race against greyhounds. When Ted and Susan realize that Duma is captured, they head off into the wild to rescue her after Ted realizes that Abdullah also killed Duma's mother due to his shoe marks. After they rescue Duma, they decide to release her back into the wild where she belongs.


  • "Duma" is Swahili for "cheetah" or "services".
  • She is unrelated to the Warner Bros. adventure movie Duma, which also involves a cheetah.
  • The way how she was captured by Abdullah and forced to train for racing is similar to White Fang being tortured by Beauty Smith to fight dogs.