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The name cheetah comes from an Indian word meaning "spotted one." The young cub has a long gray-blue coat and a black underbelly that rapidly lightens and becomes spotted. The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a very fast sprinter. When chasing prey, it can top speeds over 60 miles an hour (97 km). This makes the cheetah the fastest land animal around! And what is the cheetah's top speed? The average top speed of cheetahs is about 64 miles an hour (102 km), and scientists feel this is a...
Lions Are Rapidly Losing Ground In Africa
A new study confirms that lions are rapidly and literally losing ground across Africa's once-thriving savannahs due to burgeoning human population growth and subsequent, massive land-use conversion. Representing the most comprehensive assessment of the state and vitality of African savannah habitat to date, the report maintains that the lion has lost 75% of its original natural habitat in Africa - a reduction that has devastated lion populations across the continent.
Facts About Cheetahs
The carnivorous Cheetah is described as the fastest mammal on Earth. It has long legs, a tall, slim build and its colors are tawny, black-spotted fur. The cheetah's spots help to camouflage it in its environment. Unlike the other cats it has non-retractile claws. The name Cheetah comes from the Hindu word ''chita'' meaning 'spotted one'.
The Snow Leopard is large felineof Southand central Asia having long thick whitish fur. It lives inthe difficult terrainand climate conditions of the Himalayas. The Snow Leopard has no relation with the leopard - it is closer to a Cheetah. The Snow Leopard has long thick fur varying in color from grey toa light tan.
All About Leopards
Leopards are nocturnal. Male leopards are up to 50 per cent larger than females. They don't roar as loud as lions, but leopards can also purr. King John kept leopards in the Tower of London in the 13th Century. Leopards can take prey as large as antelopes, but will also eat dung beetles and other insects. They are famously good at climbing up trees, and down – they often descend head first. A male leopard can drag a carcass three times its own weight – including small giraffes ...