The fastest land animal on earth
Did You Know?
Although the Peregrine Falcon (who's top speed is 200 mph) is faster than a Cheetah (who's top speed is 70 mph) it cannot beat it in a quarter mile race because before the falcon can stoop (also known as a falcon dive) it has to fly high enough, so when the falcon is trying to get high enough to dive the cheetah is sprinting at full speed.
The cheetah's black spots and tan pelt help it camouflage into the golden Savannah grass.
The black stripes on a cheetah's face help cut down the sun's glare so that the cheetah can see predators and prey.
When cheetahs are young they have a white strip of fur down their back to mimic honey badgers. Honey badgers are so vicious even lions don't want to mess with them!
Cheetahs have a long tail to keep them on balance when they are running.
Other big cats can roar, but cannot purr. The cheetah can purr, as it inhales, but cannot roar.
Most cats, like jaguars and tigers, have retractable claws to keep them sharp for sinking them into prey, but cheetahs are the only big cats that keep their claws out, like dogs. The reason for that is so that when they are running they can grip the grass, similar to the idea of soccer cleats. Although the cheetah has non-retractable claws they do have a sharp dew claw for tripping up prey.