Cheetah hunting zebra in the Manyeleti Conservancy, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. | Shannon Benson/VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images

The Best Tactic for Escaping a Predator — for Impalas and Zebras, at Least

Running as fast as possible is not necessarily the optimal way to escape, according to new research of predator-prey relationships on the African savanna.

A cheetah in northern Botswana wearing a Royal Veterinary College tracking collar. The bottom box (shown) houses the batteries. | Alan Wilson, RVC
Alan Wilson in Namibia with cheetahs and the RVC research aircraft during filming of the BBC One "Big Cats" program | Alan Wilson, RVC
A cheetah's claws are semi-retractable, giving them more grip for better maneuvering. | Alan Wilson, RVC