Cheetahs

Watch Cheetahs, nature's fastest land animal, race across Cheetah Run at Busch Gardens.

The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. Over short distances, it can sprint up to 70 miles per hour. Built for speed, it has long, slim, muscular legs, a small, rounded head set on a long neck, a flexible spine, a deep chest, special pads on its feet for traction and a long tail for balance. It is also the only cat that cannot retract its claws, an adaptation to help maintain traction.

Plus, Busch Gardens recently welcomed two cheetah cubs. The cubs, named Tendai, meaning “thankful,” and Thabo, meaning “joy,” were born on Nov. 22, 2014.

Cheetahs are included on both the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species as well as on the US Endangered Species Act list of threatened species. These births are part of Busch Gardens’ participation in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP).

Look for the cubs, and the rest of the cheetahs, at Cheetah Run.

Cheetah Conservation

Busch Gardens® Tampa supports the conservation of and education about cheetahs through the SeaWorld® & Busch Gardens® Conservation Fund, which has donated nearly $100,000 to cheetah efforts in Africa since 2005 and also helps fund conservation programs for white rhinos, marine animals and many other species around the world.