Title Info
Common name Cheetah
Scientific name Acinonyx jubatus
Taxonomic group Felidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Grasslands, savannas
Grasslands and savannas Tropical grassland
Ecological interactions Predation
Selection and adaptations Selection
Selection Morphology
Organisms Animals
Animals Mammals
Date August 09, 2003
Location Serengeti National Park,Tanzania,Africa

Cheetah on Serengeti, Tanzania. Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on the planet: they can run about 70 mph (110 kph) at top speed. However, they can only maintain this pace for a few hundred yards. After about 300 yards (300 m), they overheat, run out of oxygen, and have to stop to cool down for up to half an hour. Impala and gazelles are their typical prey, and cheetahs appear to be successful in about 40% of their hunts. They usually stalk to within about 50 yards (50 m) of their prey before sprinting.