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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), is the fastest mammal on earth (it can develop an up to 110 km/hour speed limit). Adaptations that enable the cheetah to run as fast as it does include large nostrils that allow for increased oxygen intake, and an enlarged heart and lungs that work together to circulate oxygen efficiently. During a typical chase, its respiratory rate increases from 60 to 150 breaths per minute.While running, in addition to having good traction due to its semi-retractable claws, the cheetah uses its tail as a rudder-like means of steering to allow it to make sharp turns, necessary to outflank prey animals that often make such turns to escape.
Cheetah Conservation Fund, Namibia, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm at 165 mm, 1/250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 250
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