Despite the fact that the cheetah is the one of the world's most fearsome hunters, and is the fastest land animal ever, with top speeds between 70 and 75 mph and an acceleration of 0 to over 100 km/h (62 mph) in five seconds, this beautiful animal faces many environmental and manmade enemies that deeply threaten its population. For one thing, the cheetah's natural African habitat is diminishing rapidly, and food is incredibly scarce. Fellow predators, including the larger African cats like lions and leopards, dominate the food sources. 

Next, the cheetah is up against the hunters and ranchers who would kill the animal to protect their farms. The cheetah is a natural hunter, but is only midsized in comparison to other animals in the African wild. Inbreeding is also thought to have hurt the animal's reproductive success, as there is limited genetic variability, leading to high infant mortality rates and susceptibility to diseases. 

If you'd like to support the endangered cheetah, visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund for more information





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