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Uploaded on Monday 06 Jun 2011 by Yannick Beadoin

Cheetahs in the shade, Kenya

Year: 2010
From collection: African Biodiversity
Taken by: Yannick Beaudoin
The cheetah is the fastest living land animal and capable of reaching speeds up to 120 km/h. As opposed to their relative on the savannah, the leopard, cheetahs cannot climb vertical trees. The reason for this is that their claws are non-retractable which is specially developed for giving a good grip and allowing fast speed. Here, on the Kenyan savannah, a group of cheetahs have found other use of a tree, and sought refuge in its shade.
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