How Fast is a Cheetah? (Infographic)

Just how fast is the fastest animal on land? Graphic designer Jacob O’Neal took a closer look at “nature’s speed machine,” exploring everything that makes these aerodynamic creatures so speedy.

Infographic by Jacob O’Neal (click here to see larger version)

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Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago


Veronique L.
veronique L.3 years ago

Amazing animal!

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

awesome. thanks

Carrie Anne Brown

interesting article :) thanks for sharing

Lynn C.
Lynn c.3 years ago

Beautiful photo.

Penny B.
.3 years ago

I love Cheetahs with the dark tear stain down their face and that long body built for speed.

Antiope K.
Antiope K.3 years ago

Absolutely amazing creatures!!!!Thanks for the interesting info!!

Vladimir Marek
Vladimir M.3 years ago

Sometimes I wonder,why I waste my time reading this stuf. As usual it is full of incorrect info.
First ,A Cheetah is only 2.5 ft tall!? It would make it about 75 cm,the size of a big Greyhound.
They are taller than that. I had the opportunity to stand next to a fully grown Cheetah, it's about 1meter tall = 3.5 ft. And the speed is inacurate as well 64MPH= 102km/h Max speed for hunting cheetah, or Gepard was clocked at cca 75-80 km/h= 55mph reached in the first 3-4 strides.

Debra Van Way
Debra Van Way3 years ago

They are definitely built for speed and beautiful as well.