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The cheetah plays an important role as a predator on the African savannah. The fastest animal on land, the cheetah can reach speeds up to 70 miles per hour over short distances. A sleek body, flexible backbone, long legs, non-retractable claws, and muscular tail assist the cheetah during high-speed chases.

Learn more: The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is dedicated to saving the world’s fastest land animal.

Did You Know?

Fastest Animal on Land: A cheetah can sprint across a distance of 92 feet in a single second.

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See cheetahs do what they do best — RUN! See animal encounters here!

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Acinonyx jubatus

Africa and western Asia (Iran)

Savannah and dry forest

2.3 to 2.6 ft

11 yrs

Zoo Location:

Small antelope, warthogs, hares, and game birds

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)