The absolute magnificance of this species does not just lie in its appearance - they are the fastest land mammal in the world. Small heads, superior eyesight, long powerful hind legs, a slight streamlined build, a super flexible spine, long rudder-like tail, and semi retractable claws - these are all features that aid them in reaching speeds in excess of 100km per hour - with stride lengths of over 9 meters, at 4-5 stride lengths per second at this speed. And, to top all of this, they have an enlarged liver and heart - big wide nostrils and increased lung capacity to combat overheating and fatigue - adaptations to deal with their sprinting prowess. We have seen them kill medium sized antelope, as well as Gemsbok and Zebra much bigger than we ever anticipated possible. As far as the big cats are concerned - they are super impressive! This species is still classified as Vulnerable, and they are still facing a decline in population. Acinonyx jubatus - Cheetah, Jagluiperd - Western Cape, South Africa. #canon #canonphoto #friendsofcanon #ishootwithorms #bionerds #biodiversity #biodiversityconservation #conservationconversation #ecoexploration #cat #cats #catsofinstagram #cheetah #cheetahs #spottedcat #wil#wildcat #nature #wild #wildlife #menseselense #gomagsa #kenjoudiere #joureisbeginhier #yourjourneystartshere #southafrica #livinglandscapes #environmentalconsultant
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