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Scientific classification
Kingdom Information
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Information
Phylum Chordata
Class Information
Class Mammalia
Order Information
Order Carnivora
Family Information
Family Felidae
Genus Information
Genus Acinonyx
Species Information
Species A. jubatus
Population statistics
Conservation status threatened

The cheetah is a member of the feline family. The distribution of the cheetah is limited to Africa, where vast expanses of land fit their hunting style.

Cheetahs are unique among the feline family for their great speed and hunting style. Capable of reaching speeds up to 70 mph in short sprints,[1] the cheetah is the fastest of all land animals. When hunting, a cheetah swipes at the prey's hind legs to trip them; this is distinctively different from other big cats, which would pounce and grab onto the prey, using their body weight to put the prey off balance.

The cheetah has several differences from other animals, to allow it to run at the speeds it does. They have claws that are semi-retractable, unlike other cats, and also rough paw pads, allowing greater traction when running. The body and fur is naturally smooth, reducing drag, the bones are light, reducing weight and the lungs are large, allowing increased breathing. However, the cheetah is designed only to sprint for short distances, as at top speed, the internal body temperature quickly rises to dangerous levels.[2] Cheetahs therefore hunt at the coolest times of day – morning and evening. They stalk their prey before attacking.[3]


"While most scientists believe that the cheetah evolved, the very oldest cheetah fossils show us an animal that is just about like the cheetahs we know today. This complete lack of evidence for evolution, plus the intelligent specialized features of the cheetah, lead us to the conclusion that the cheetah is a special creation of God."[4]



  1. Infoplease
  2. Cheetahspot
  3. Cheetahspot
  4. Creation Moments