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Racing Toward Extinction

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Once abundant throughout Africa and Asia, cheetahs have lost 90% of their habitat. Learn about the race to recover them.

They may be fast — but cheetahs can’t run away from the threats leading them towards extinction. For BIG CAT MONTH, we’re putting the spotlight on ENDANGERED cats that need extra conservation attention. Pay close attention to this one — the cheetah moves fast.

Cheetah Traits

  • Cheetahs are the fastest animal in the world — reaching speeds of 65 mph (104 km/h).
  • Their bodies are built for speed; with unique long legs that can run 20-22 feet (6-6.7 meters).
  • Cheetahs are easily identifiable by their round spots.
  • Cheetah cubs are known for their humorous fur — which stands straight up like a horse’s mane.
  • The most unusual fact about cheetahs? They can’t roar. Rather, they purr — just like a house cat.
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