I had the pleasure earlier this week to go out and visit the San Diego Wild Animal Park – part of the incredible San Diego Zoo. While I have been to the zoo numerous times over the years (we live only a few blocks away), I had only been to the Park once – many years ago. It is a great place to visit and see many species in something approaching their native habitat. One attraction I was unaware of is the afternoon Cheetah run. They have a 110 yard long Cheetah track (100 yd run and 10 yds to stop) where they demonstrate the Cheetahs incredible acceleration and speed to the crowd. The lure him down the track with his favorite toy dragged in front of him and with the promise of a great meal at the end of the run. It was also interesting that they had a big shaggy white dog, who is paired with the Cheetah as a “pal”, do the run first so that the Cheetah would know that it was alright to do it. In any case, it was FAST! I got several shots during the run but I liked this one best because it really was flying.
If you ever get out this way, this is something worth seeing. And OBTW – it really does accelerate faster than a Corvette – zero to sixty in 3+ seconds!! (versus 4+ for the 400 horsepower sportscar)