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A MOMENT IN TIME - The Cheetah Collection by 


" SPECIAL MOMENTS WITH A CHEETAH " captured in ’THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK", SOUTH AFRICA.

HISTORY OF THE CHEETAH INFO:_ “HOEDSPRUIT ENDANGERED SPECIES CENTER” _ ( H.E.S.C. )
This decline in numbers is mainly due to the fast-expanding human population that, together with agricultural development, has rapidly taken over what used to be ancient cheetah habitats. The cheetah is one of the earth’s fastest mammals and needs expanses of flatland or open plains on which to hunt and run down its prey. This flatland is coveted both by man and the cheetah.
Cheetahs are an ancient species – cheetah fossils go back some two to five million years putting them in the Pliocene Era. Ironically, they have a history of close associations with humankind, primarily in eastern countries. For example, before the species became extinct in India, cheetahs were used to hunt game. Cheetahs were trained by man for hunting as long as 3000 BC
So it is not surprising that rapidly declining cheetah numbers caused the species to be regarded as endangered as early as the 1960s. Already in the early 1970s Norman Myers reported that the cheetah was slipping towards extinction, together with some other species of wild animals in Africa, mainly due to the destruction of their habitat as result of farming practices and there was evidence that the species did not breed effectively in captivity.
Cheetahs occupy large areas in small numbers. This aspect of their behavior is still seen today in the few areas that are relatively untouched by humans. For example the number of cheetah in the Kruger National Park, South Africa, which is approximately 2 million hectares in size is estimated to be 250 – A density of approximately one animal per 8 000 hectare.
This mode of distribution evolved in this way in part because cheetahs have a severe impact upon their prey species. They feed only on fresh carcasses that they have killed and having eaten move on, perhaps only killing again two to ten days later. Their co-predators, lion and leopard, will feed on the carcass of an animal they have killed for an extended period seldom leaving much for the benefit of the hungry scavengers that share their domain.
Leopards hang their prey in trees above reach; lion prides, with a number of members, consume the entire carcass of the animal they have killed. Both of these large predators scavenge food from rotting carcasses that they find and will seize a cheetah kill if the opportunity arises. Cheetahs are killed and fed upon by both these predators.
Attempts to ensure the survival of the cheetah developed spontaneously into two broad fields of activity: one to conserve the free-ranging population and the other to breed cheetahs in captivity.
Cheetahs in South Africa are classified as vulnerable according to the IUCN Red data book.
The Red data book is published from time to time by the IUCN. It includes the regional assessment of the status of species and a classification of each into one of the following categories:
Extinct
Endangered
Vulnerable
Rare
Special cases
Out of danger

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  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisover 3 years ago

    A GREAT TRIBUTE TO A FACINATING ANIMAL

  • Thank you so very much for your inspiring comment Johan, I really appreciate it.

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 3 years ago

    a delightful collection,beautiful,dawnx

  • Thank you so much my dear friend, really took me almost two years to get this far! Hugs xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    These are beautiful animlas and make a wonderful calendar.

  • apreciate your visit and very kind comment, thank you so much Lori xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Anne Smyth
    Anne Smythover 3 years ago

    this is an absolutely stunning calendar and having the information adds a lovely dimension…you are brilliant!

  • Thank you so much, this comment is worth more than any calendar sales, I appreciate the inspiration!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 3 years ago

    Absolutely EXCELLENT Magriet! Just could not decide on a favourite, but I think I’ve settled for December!

  • I am honoured, thank you so much Maree x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    Lovely collection in this calendar Maggie !

  • Thank you so much dear Trish xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 3 years ago

    March 24,2011

  • Thank you so, so much for the honor, I am so happy!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Rickster1
    Rickster1almost 3 years ago

    Top Marks Margaret ~ So fortunate to be able to sidle up to these guys in the wild!
    The best I can hope for at the moment is the wonderful selection of wildlife parks and Zoos here in the UK, for material or of course saturday night down the local pub ;)
    If I make the bigtime ~ First flight out is Kruger National but in the meantime keep em coming…..
    Rick

  • Thank you so much for visiting, your inspirational comments and support, much appreciated! If I ever win a jackpot I wil take you to Kruger dear friend, I know where to go, where to stay for whatever you wanna see! I worked and lived in the park! Although I live on a gamefarm I truly miss my days in the park! Take care, Maggie

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Stunning collection.

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