Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus

I am known as the cheetah and I am the world’s fastest land animal. How fast? I can run up to 70mph or 110kph. That’s the same speed as a car on a highway.

My tail functions like a rudder and this helps me control my steering when running fast, also helping me keep my balance.

I have “tear marks” running from the inside corners of my eyes all the way down to the edge of my mouth. These marks will help reflect the glare from the sun when I am out hunting during a hot day.

I live in the dry forests, scrub forests, and the savannahs of Eastern and Southern Africa.

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