For the rest of the week I thought I would share animal and bird photos seen in various areas we have visited over the years. These were taken at the Honolulu Zoo in December 2008. I have shared before, but not for a while.
She had such incredible grace, the first thing I noticed when she half walked-half ran passed our viewing window.She was beautiful!
And as quickly she disappeared out of sight.We caught several glimpses of her during our time at the zoo, each one a gift.
Interesting facts about the Cheetah.
Scientific name: Acinonyx jubatus
It's name comes from the Sanskrit word chita, meaning spotted one. A cheetah has a long streamline body, flexible spine, long legs, a long tail that acts as a rudder, an enlarged heart, large lungs and semi retractable blunt claws which aid the cats traction and turning ability at high speed. Its eyes are physically adapted for speed, enabling it to spot distant prey and follow it with pinpoint precision before catching it.
The cheetah's body is specialized for speed and it is the fastest land animal. The speed of a hunting cheetah averages 40 miles per hour during a chase.
The cheetah originated about 4 million years ago, long before other big cats, and was once common throughout Europe, North America, Asia and Africa.
You can read a lot more information at this website.