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Cheetah at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

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Cheetah at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
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The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large-sized feline (family Felidae) inhabiting most of Africa and parts of the Middle East. The cheetah is the only extant member of the genus Acinonyx, most notable for modifications in the species' paws. As such, it is the only felid with non-retractable claws and pads that, by their scope, disallow gripping (therefore cheetah cannot climb vertical trees, although they are generally capable of reaching easily accessible branches). The cheetah, however, achieves by far the fastest land speed of any living animal—between 112 and 120 km/h (70 and 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1,600 ft), and has the ability to accelerate from 0 to over 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds.


Lobo del Río
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The Giant Otter Pteronura brasiliensis(also known as the river wolf) is the largest of the world's otters. It is native to South America but is endangered and is also very rare in captivity. The Giant Otter can reach up to 6 ft (1.8 m) in length, and weigh 76 lb (34 kg) in weight. The females are smaller and weigh only 57–60 lb (26–27 kg). It has a lifespan of 12 years in their natural habitat, and 21 years in captivity.

La Nutria Gigante Suraméricana (Pteronura brasiliensis) es una especie de mustélido que se encuentra en las tierras bajas tropicales de casi todos los países sudamericanos. Esta especie es la única que conforma el género Pteronura

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