Anna’s school had a special guest today. Khayam, one of the ambassador cheetahs from the Wildlife Safari, visited together with his keepers. All the kids got to see a cheetah up close and learn about these amazing animals. Here’s some of what they learned …
1) The cheetah is the fastest runner on the planet.
2) It runs 70 miles per hour, and achieves the speed from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3 seconds. It runs two times faster than a race horse.
3) A cheetah can cover up to 20 feet in just one stride with its powerful legs.
4) Cheetahs are built for speed with their lean bodies, long legs, and narrow heads.
5) Cheetahs have non-retractable claws with hard pads on the bottom of their paws that give them a strong grip on the ground for running.
6) When cheetahs are running, they use their tails to help them steer and turn in the direction they want to go, like the rudder of a boat.
7) A cheetah’s tail is also essential during fast running because it balances the animal and allows sudden turns which happen often when the prey is trying to escape.
8) Although the cheetah runs very fast, it cannot run for very long. After 400 to 600 yards, a cheetah becomes exhausted and needs to take a rest.