The Cheetah is well known for its ability to chase prey at highs speeds and is classed as the fastest land mammal. Cheetahs are very distinct from other cats and have many unique adaptations. One of these is non-retractable claws that help it grip the ground when running, whereas most other cats have retractable claws.
Unfortunately Cheetah populations have declined drastically in the past hundred years. They now only occur in 10% of their African historic range and in Asia there is a small population of less than a 100 in Iran.
Here are some interesting articles about various fascinating aspects of Cheetahs:
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Rehabilitation Research Returns Orphaned Cheetahs to the Wild
A long-running program in Namibia has shown how orphaned cheetahs can be successfully rewilded, presenting a rehabilitation template for wild-born, captive-bred individuals of other species.
A Speedy Trial: What It Takes to Be the Fastest Land Predator
What makes cheetah the fastest land mammal? Why aren’t other animals, such as horses, as fast? While we haven’t yet figured out why, we have some idea about how.
Cheetahs’ Inner Ear is One-of-a-Kind, Vital to High-Speed Hunting
The cheetah is built for running, with long limbs and powerful muscles that propel it along as it chases down its prey. But a new study has found that the world’s fastest land mammal has another, less obvious adaptation hidden away in its inner ear.
In the next few posts we will cover the other two cats of the Puma Lineage – the Jaguarundi and the Puma/Cougar/Mountain Lion.