Cheetahs in a Hot Spot

The cheetah is the world's fastest land animal. As the world's fastest land animal, cheetahs are the odds-on favorite in almost any footrace. After all, they can accelerate to freeway speeds in just a step or two. But in the dry scrublands of southern Africa, the fast felines are falling behind in the most important contest they've ever entered: the race for survival.

Premiered February 6, 2000