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Cheetahs

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Most people know that the cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. They can run as fast as a car on the interstate—up to 70 mph. And they can reach that speed in just 3 seconds! In the wild, these carnivores use their speed to prey on small antelope like springbok, steenbok, Thomson’s gazelle and duiker.

The ABQ BioPark is home to three cheetahs, brothers Garbanzo, Pinto and Borracho.

The brothers were born at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas in May 2017 and came to the ABQ BioPark in October 2018.

Our Actions Matter

There are fewer than 10,000 cheetahs left in the wild, making it Africa’s most endangered big cat. Among the factors responsible for their decline are a high mortality rate among cubs, loss of habitat and prey, human-wildlife conflict and the illegal pet trade.

What you can do:

  1. Sponsor Annabelle through the New Mexico BioPark Society.
  2. Support conservation organizations like the Cheetah Conservation Fund, which is working to save cheetahs.

Did you know?

  • Like football players, cheetahs keep the sun out of their eyes using black marks—in the cheetah’s case, black tear lines fall on either side of their nose. These lines keep the sunlight out of their eyes when they’re hunting.
  • Cheetahs have another thing in common with football players—their claws are semi non-retractable and function like football cleats to give the animal more traction while running.
  • Also helping them with speed are hard tire-like pads—most cats have soft paws, but a cheetah’s pads equip them to grip the ground efficiently while they run at top speeds.