National Geographic Television & Film
The Kalahari of southern Africa is part of the greatest expanse of desert on the surface of the planet. Among the inhabitants of this extreme environment is the cheetah, the fastest predator on land.
updated 4/12/2004 11:33:32 AM ET 2004-04-12T15:33:32

“Killer Cats of the Kalahari” is an intimate look at the cheetah and the springbok amid a wild African cast of jackals, hyenas, ostriches and meerkats, chronicling the raw beauty, splendor and extreme athleticism of these two remarkable species.

The Kalahari of southern Africa is part of the greatest expanse of desert on the surface of the planet. Arid dunes and parched plains stretch for hundreds of miles under the scorching sun. It is an unforgiving place that pushes its hardy inhabitants to the limits everyday.

It is in this extreme environment that two species — the springbok, Africa’s swift and graceful antelope, and the cheetah, the fastest predator on land — engage in an age-old race for their own survival. Over thousands of years they have evolved together, each pushing the other to greater heights of speed and agility. The result is one of the most spectacular races on earth — a never-ending contest that leaves only the quick and the dead.

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