Cheetahs at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay



Get up close to the world’s fastest land animal.

Built for speed, Cheetahs have long, slim, muscular legs, a small, rounded head set on a long neck, a flexible spine, a deep chest, special pads on their feet for traction and a long tail for balance. They are also the only cat that cannot retract their claws, an adaptation to help maintain traction. 

Cheetahs are included on both the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species as well as on the US Endangered Species Act list of threatened species.

Location: Cheetah Run®

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  • Heart of Africa Tour

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    Meet the animal keepers and join them behind-the-scenes for up-close encounters with hippos, cheetahs and lions* on this walking tour of the Edge of Africa.

    • 75 minute walking tour
    • Get up-close to hippos, cheetahs & lions
    • Must be ages 10 & up to participate
    Journey into the Edge of Africa during this unique behind-the-scenes walking tour and get up-close to some of the most intriguing animals in Africa like hippos, cheetahs and lions. Meet the keepers and learn about each animal's diet, behaviors and habitat. Reservations are encouraged as space is limited.

    Things to know before you go:
    • Children must be ages 10 and up to participate. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Pass Members save 10% on this experience. Please log in to see discounted pricing. 

    The Heart of Africa Tour is subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each day. If you would like to book a tour more than six months out or for a date not listed, call (813)884-4FUN(4386) to make your reservation.

    This tour requires significant walking in unpaved areas and on uneven terrain.
    If you require accommodation, please let us know in advance when you book your tour. We will make accommodations as possible to ensure your enjoyment of the Heart of Africa Tour. 

    Park admission is not included and is required. Prices listed are per person and do not include tax. Tours must be cancelled a minimum of 24 hours in advance or total payment is forfeited. Tours are non-refundable if guests miss their tour time. If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call (813)884-4FUN(4386). All tours are subject to availability. All tour components and pricing are subject to change.

    *Animal interactions and program components may vary.
    Get up-close to hippos, cheetahs & lions
    Guest (ages 10+) $39.00 /ea.

Ask an Educator about Cheetahs

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Do cheetahs purr or roar?

While other big cats roar, cheetahs actually purr

What do cheetahs eat in the wild?

Cheetahs are carnivores and prey on smaller mammals in the wild.  They are a smaller cat compared to the lion and leopard and only have the strength to hunt gazelles, impalas, and the young of larger species.  Occasionally they will hunt warthogs, rabbits, and birds

Where are cheetahs native to?

Historically, cheetahs are native throughout all of the African and Asian continents.  Currently, they are only found in small pockets in parts of eastern, central, and southwestern African with a small isolated population in Iran.    

How fast can a cheetah run?

Cheetahs can reach top speeds of 60 to 70mph, but only for short stints of time for about 30 seconds to a minute.