Canon Rebel T3i – 1/1600s;F5.6;ISO 1250;250mm – EFS 55-250 cropped – June 15, 2012 – Natural Bridge, VA, USA This is one of the beautiful Cheetahs at Safari Park. I love how he was walking straight towards the camera with those piercing eyes. They are such magnificent animals. PLEASE VIEW LARGE Internet info: The Cheetah is a large-sized feline inhabiting most of Africa and parts of the Middle East. It is the only extant member of the genus Acinonyx. The fastest land animal in the world, the cheetah is a marvel of evolution. The cheetah’s slender, long-legged body is built for speed. Cheetahs are tan in color with black spots all over their bodies. They can also be distinguished from other big cats by their smaller size, spotted coats, small heads and ears and distinctive “tear stripes” that stretch from the corner of the eye to the side of the nose.