- The Cheetah is the fastest runner of all the land animals. It can reach speeds of 120kph or 75mph. By comparison a racehouse can reach speeds of 72kph or 45 mph, and a greyhound 65kph or 40mph
- It lives in most of Africa and parts of the Middle East
- It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h on only 3 seconds, how does you car compare?
- It can run at high speed in short bursts, but not so good at long-distance running
- The cheetah uses its tail as a rudder like means of steering to help it make sharp turns
- The cheetah can purr as it inhales, but it cannot roar. In contrast, big cats such as lions can roar but cannot purr, except while exhaling
- The cheetah kills its prey by either tripping it during the chase or latching onto the prey's flank or back then pulling it down. It then bites the underside of the prey's throat to suffocate it
- The cheetah has an average hunting success rate of about 50%
- Ancient Egyptians kept cheetahs as pets, and also tamed and trained them for hunting
- The cheetah has semi-retractable claws, unlike most large and domestics cats which have fully retractable claws.
Have a look at this video showing this fast cat in action. Notice how it uses it's tail, how it trips it's prey, and facts about why the cheetah is so fast.