Cheetahs On the Run
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The fastest animal on earth, the cheetah, is now in a race against extinc- tion. Centuries ago, the feline predator-light, long-limbed, and able to overtake fleeing prey at 70 miles per hour-roamed Africa, the Middle East, and India in great numbers. Today, barely 20,000 remain, scattered among a few remote regions of Africa.
In 1981, O'Brien, Wildt,...