Large feline of the genus Acinonyx

The cheetah is a large cat and the fastest land animal. It has a tawny to creamy white or pale buff fur that is marked with evenly spaced, solid black spots. The head is small and rounded, with a short snout and black tear-like facial streaks. It reaches 67โ€“94ย cm (26โ€“37ย in) at the shoulder, and the head-and-body length is between 1.1 and 1.5ย m. Adults weigh between 21 and 72ย kg. The cheetah is capable of running at 93 to 104ย km/h ; it has evolved specialized adaptations for speed, including a light build, long thin legs and a long tail.

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