Saturday, March 7, 2009


Built for Speed: The cheetah can reach speeds of 68 mph, making it the fastest land mammal in the world. It has nonretractable claws (unlike those of other cats), which provide it with better traction when it runs on soft ground. Unlike most large cats, which hunt by ambush, the cheetah chases its prey at high speed, using its tail as a stabilizer, especially when making tight turns.
Cheetah Habits: It preys on many of the animals that share its habitat, including gazelles, gnus, antelopes and warthogs. The males often live in small groups; the females are solitary, meeting up with males only to mate.
Under Threat: Once hunted for its spotted coat, the cheetah is now protected. However, poaching and habitat destruction continue to threaten it.

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