Cheetah sets new world speed record!

Sarah the cheetah broke her own world record!

© Ken Geiger/National Geographic Magazine

Sarah, an 11-year-old cheetah at the Cincinnati Zoo, broke her own world record by running 100m in 5.95 seconds on June 20, 2012. She was clocked at 61mph. Her run was photographed for a November 2012 National Geographic magazine article that will include never-before-seen high speed photographs and video of cheetah movement. Compare that to the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, whose fastest time for the same distance is 9.58 seconds.

“At the Cincinnati Zoo it is our goal to inspire every visitor with wildlife every day, and nothing inspires awe like seeing a cheetah running full blast in our Cheetah Encounter. We are very proud of Sarah, our World Record Holder, since she is a terrific ambassador for her cheetah cousins in the wild,” said Thane Maynard, Executive Director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. “The Cincinnati Zoo has supported cheetah conservation in Africa for more than 20 years, and thankfully, cheetahs are the one species that has a chance to out run extinction.”

Learn more about National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative, which helped fund the documentation of the run by visiting!

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One Response to Cheetah sets new world speed record!

  1. Pet Health says:

    Wow! Just freaken wow that is fast. I wonder if it was from a standing start?

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