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®


  • Cheetah Insider Tour

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    Get a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into taking care of the fastest land animal in the world.

    • bullet 30 minute walking tour
    • bullet Go behind the scenes and learn from our trainers
    • bullet Must be ages 8 & up to participate
    The Cheetah Insider Tour includes talking with experts that care for these animals as well as exclusive access to behind-the-scenes views of the naturalistic habitats of the world's fastest land animal.
    Things to know before you go:
    • Children must be ages 8 and up to participate. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

    Please check in for your tour directly at the Serengeti Outpost in Nairobi (just north of the train station) at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.

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

    The Cheetah Insider Tour is subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each day.

    Due to the nature of this tour, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated at this time. 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 Cheetah Insider Tour.

    Park admission is not included and is required. Prices listed are per person and do not include tax.  Advanced reservations must be made before day of visit. 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. Animal interactions and program components may vary. All tour components and pricing are subject to change.  

    Get up-close to cheetahs
    Guest (ages 8+) $29.00 /ea.
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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 Africa 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.