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Why can gazelles outrun cheetahs?

Submitted by rharrison on Thu, 02/07/2019 - 21:33

Cheetahs are the world's  fastest land animal. They can reach speeds up to 68 miles per hour (110 km/h). Gazelles can also run fast about 50 mph (80 km/h). With that in mind they are able to escape from a cheetah's grasp. A cheetah is a smallish cat, they take longer strides at a faster pace. They can generate energy quickly but they also can lose it just as quickly. A cheetah can only run at its top speed for 400 yards. Gazelles are large African deer, they take shorter strides at a slower pace and have elastic recoil to store and use energy. They have great endurance, able to go 5468 yards (5 km) at top speed. That is a lot further than the cheetah. The gazelles can also change direction fast and easily due to their elastic recoil. So while they are not as fast as the cheetah, gazelles have ways to escape predation.