The cheetah is a
large feline inhabiting most of Africa and
parts of the Middle East. It is the only extant member of the genus Acinonyx.
The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal— as fast as 112 to 120
km/h (70 to 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to
500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph)
in three seconds. This cat is also notable for modifications in the species'
paws. It is one of the few felids with semi-retractable claws.