Cheetah

Cheetahs are the fastest land mammals, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph. Their long black “tear marks” help reduce sunlight glare. They live in savanna and grassland habitats.


  • Scientific Name: Acinonyx jubatus jubatus
  • Range: Sub-Saharan Africa: Eastern, western and southern Africa
  • Status in the Wild: Some sub-species are Critically Endangered.
  • Location in the Zoo: Carnivores
  • Cool Animal Fact: Can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds