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Duma is the title character in the 1989 movie Cheetah. She was an orphaned baby cheetah that was adopted by the two main human characters, Ted and Susan. She is later captured 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.


  • "Duma" means "cheetah" in Swahili.
  • She is unrelated to the Warner Bros. adventure movie Duma, which also involves a cheetah. This version is set in Kenya, while the other is set in South Africa.