Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animal reaching speeds of 70 miles per hour over short bursts. They used their speed to catch animals such as antelopes, rabbits, hares, birds, and lizards. Most cheetahs live on the grasslands of Africa however they are also found in the Middle East region of Asia. Cheetahs must quickly catch their prey. Traveling at such high speeds causes them to tire quickly. Cheetahs are built for speed! They have small heads, they are light weight, and tall at the shoulder. These are just a few of the characteristics that make cheetah so fast.