Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
Almost all of us know that the cheetah is the the most fleet-footed land animals reaching, albeit briefly, a speed of 120 km/h. Few, however, are those who know that wild cheetahs had until recently spread even in our neighbouring Turkey, and that ancient cheetahs were ridden throughout the plains of Bulgaria up to the beginning of the Pleistocene until 2.2 m y. a. The Asian cheetah is critically endangered but the cheetah in Africa, which is represented by four other subspecies is still relatively numerous. Cheetah is the only cat that can not retract its claws. This is necessary for sprinting in pursuit of prey.