For 70 years, zebras at South Africa’s Mountain Zebra National Park have had few predators. But now, conservationists are reintroducing cheetahs to the landscape.
Batman and Robin GPS wired collars cheetahs on a mission have been transported to the national park. After a few months in their holding pen they were released into the park.
Their movements are being monitored and when they began dining at local farmers houses too often the conservationists relocated them to the park.
The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a unique endagered big cat for its speed, while lacking climbing abilities. It is the fastest land animal, reaching speeds between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 460 m (1,500 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 110 km/h (68 mph) in three seconds, greater than most supercars.
Cheetahs Return to Zebra Park National Geographic November 8, 2008
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