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Photo by Joel Sartore
Cheetahs are the world's fastest land animal and can reach speeds greater than 70 mph in just 3 seconds.
Weight: 77 to 160 pounds; Shoulder height: 26 to 37 inches; Head-to-body length: 43 to 59 inches; Tail length: 7 to 31 inches
Gazelles make up most of the diet; also ground-dwelling birds and small mammals, such as hares
Open grassy habitats, dry forest, savanna woodland, semi-desert and scrub
Range in the Wild:
Listed as Vulnerable. The wild cheetah population is around 10,000; major threats include habitat loss and fragmentation.
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