South Florida is a hotbed of many things: fashion, finance, and speed amongst them.  For the thirteen years, NASCAR, whose cars travel at roughly 200 mph on their “weekend drives,” has held their final race of the season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, roughly 90 miles south of the Palm Beaches.


On Tuesday, November 17, two different icons of speed will meet, as the world’s fastest land animal will predict who will win the fastest stock car race in the country.  “Koda,” a 2 year old cheetah from South Africa,  will be making his debut as Zoo Miami’s new official “Wildlife Prognosticator” and will make his prediction as to who will win this year’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship!

The Championship 4 drivers who will compete for the 2015 Sprint Cup Championship are Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and defending champion Kevin Harvick.  The champion will be decided at this year’s Ford EcoBoost 400 which will take place this Sunday, November 22nd at 3:00 p.m.  The Championship 4 drivers will race amongst a full field of 43 cars and whichever of the four finish the highest will claim the 2015 Sprint Cup Series Championship! 

Homestead-Miami Speedway has been the host of the championship race each year since 2002 and as a community partner, Zoo Miami is proud to be part of the fun by having Koda, an African cheetah, join all of the “experts” in predicting this year’s winner!

Koda will be presented with smaller model replicas of each of the four finalist’s cars.  He will then make his prediction by going to and touching the car he believes will be this year’s winner!  Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animal with the ability of going from 0-60 mph in four seconds!  With less than 12,000 believed to exist in the wild, these highly endangered cats are found in isolated pockets of Eastern and Southern Africa.  Zoo Miami’s Cheetah Ambassador Program has been in existence for nearly 20 years and has provided countless individuals around the country to connect with these beautiful cats in an effort to protect them for generations to come.

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