The Cheetah is credited as being the fastest land animal over short distances, and can reach speeds of up to 90 km/h (55.9 m/h) in pursuit of prey. This cat is characterized by a slender body, long legs, and a distinctly rounded head with small rounded ears which are set wide apart. It measures two meters from the snout to the tip of the tail, has a mass of 40 – 60 Kg’s, and stands about 800 mm high. It has a concave back and lower hind quarters. This Cat is characterized by a strongly spotted coat and by a long tail which is half as long as the length of its head and body. The tail has a unique pattern of striped markings.