Lucky enough to see the only wild cheetah in Nambiti game park. It was a real wow moment when it appeared on the horizon not long after sunrise.
Their survival is only 1 in 10 as they fall prey to lions and hyenas, being unable to climb trees.
This male was eyeing up some antelopes that it went off to stalk a bit later - http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/photo1471583.htm
There is also a cheetah breeding project at Nambiti (Kwa Cheetah), they raise cubs, teach them to survive in the wild and then release them. Cheetahs are notoriously difficult to breed, but they have had a superb record. When they are in captivity you can lie done with them & stroke them, but they forget about humans within 2-3 months of release.
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Spyder (4) 2014-09-03 2:21
Lucky indeed, and what a beauty…..the cheetah & the photo!
I love the way the early light has been caught under the chin and on a leg.
Unfortunately, humans are taking over the world, literally, by numbers, and our wildlife has less and less territory to survive on. We see species dying every day.
Anyway, back to the photo…….great capture and thanks for sharing.
tyro (23596) 2014-09-03 4:37
Well, this is quite a change from the lovely photographs of East Lothian which we are used to seeing from you!
A fabulous image in which the cheetah, concentrating on the spectacle of a possible tasty breakfast, is caught in lovely warm, low angle early morning light which just catches its back, chin and foreleg perfectly.
How fortunate you were to see this beautiful beast and even more fortunate to be able to capture this image so well. A beautiful photograph of a beautiful animal in the wild. Not an easy task!
- Copyright: Alastair Seagroatt (auldal) (1380)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Event, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ150
- Exposure: f/5.2, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-09-02 10:14