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Where are the Cheetahs at the National Zoo?

The Cheetah Conservation Station is home to three male cheetahs: Justin (nicknamed Gat) was born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Hand-raised by keepers, Justin was named after 2012 Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin, who won the bronze medal in the mens 100-meter sprint.

What's the fastest speed a cheetah can go?

Fastest mammal on land, the cheetah can reach speeds of 60 or perhaps even 70 miles (97 or 113 kilometers) an hour over short distances. It usually chases its prey at only about half that speed, however. After a chase, a cheetah needs half an hour to catch its breath before it can eat.

What do you need to know about the Cheetah?

Fun Facts The cheetah is the single surviving species of the genus Acinonyx. A cheetah's footprints have claw tips visible, more like a dog's than like a typical cat's print. Cheetahs have very low levels of genetic variation compared to other mammals, making them susceptible to disease.

Where does the Asiatic cheetah live in the world?

The Asiatic cheetah is known to survive in Iran, but is critically endangered. Cheetahs thrive in areas with vast expanses of land where prey is abundant. In Namibia, cheetahs live in a variety of habitats, including grasslands, savannahs, dense vegetation and mountainous terrain.

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