Will evolution doom the cheetah? - February, 2016
Few people will disagree: cheetahs are impressive creatures. These majestic cats are the bold sprinters of the Serengeti, propelling themselves at bursts of speed that are estimated to reach 75 mph, and accelerating from 0 to 60 mph as fast as a Ferrari 458 Italia or Porsche 911. Evolutionary changes to this species' heart, respiratory system, muscles and limbs have landed them the title of fastest land animal. Unfortunately, this beautiful animal is at risk of extinction. Though the cheetah's numbers have been depleted in recent history from poaching, habitat loss and the illegal pet trade, their vulnerability goes back even further than this. So who or what is the culprit?
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