Plan Your Visit to the Indianapolis Zoo!
why you should want to meet a cheetah up close and personal. It can
accelerate from zero to nearly 70 miles per hour in three seconds. Its
immense nostrils let oxygen pour into its oversized lungs and heart as it
chases down its prey, breathing an astonishing 150 times per minute.
Its semi-retractable claws dig into the soil and its flowing tail swings
like a rudder from side to side, allowing it to make turns so sharply angled
and sure that they can make a gazelle seem clumsy in comparison.
With penetrating yellow eyes set high on its head, black tear-lines on its
cheeks to shield those eyes from the sun, it stalks with stealth and grace,
camouflaged by its golden spotted coat against the sun-streaked tall grass.
At rest, it purrs, but it never roars – ever.
It is the magnificent cheetah, the fastest animal on land, and one of the
most beautiful creatures in the animal kingdom. It is unique among the
big cats – a daylight hunter by sight, not scent, with its always visible
claws, and its long, thin, deep-chested body and raffish spotted tail.
Here’s how you can meet the cheetahs:
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If you like you can purchase your tickets online now.
Don’t forget to see the other new exhibits at the Indianapolis Zoo this
Orchids at White River Gardens – They’re odd, magical and just
Bats – Seriously,
these guys may be a little creepy, but they are valuable contributers to a
Warthogs & Porcupines
– Beastly and beautiful all at the same time, these denizens of
the African plains will charm you.
Cheetah photo by Fred Cate. Orchid photo by Joe
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