Cheetah Sprinting After Prey

Photograph by Chris Johns

Reaching speeds up to 60 miles (96 kilometers) per hour, cheetahs are the fastest land animal. However, running at this speed requires a lot of energy, and the cheetah cannot keep up a sprint for long.

Big Cats Initiative

National Geographic is working to avert the extinction of lions, cheetahs, and other big cats with the Big Cats Initiative, a comprehensive program that supports innovative projects. Learn how you can help save these animals.