Elegant and determined, the cheetah is the fastest land mammal on earth. This slender, long-legged diurnal predator hunts its prey by chasing it down in short bursts of speed that may reach up to 100 km/h, steering and balancing its body with its long tail. Less bulky than leopards, their coats patterned with full black dots, cheetahs can most easily be distinguished by the 'tear marks' running down from the inside of their eyes to the outside of the mouth.

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