Classed as Vulnerable, the Cheetah can accelerate to speeds of around 70mph to run down it’s prey. However, it has little in the way of stamina and can only sustain this for around 500m. The Cheetah’s claws act as studs while it is running so they are gradually worn down. It locates it’s prey with keen eyesight rather than by smell or sound.
Cheetahs are becoming increasingly rare, particularly with the threat from hunting for the fur trade and for sport. Habitat destruction is also reducing numbers. The Asiatic cheetah is now considered endangered.
This animal is in captivity at Marwell Zoo, Hampshire, UK