THE CHEETAH PAIR - Endangered species by Magaret Meintjes
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CAPTURED LOCATION:THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK South Africa

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Nikon D50
Lens:Sigma 70-300mm DG
Focal Length: 220mm
Exposure Mode:
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/200 sec – F/5.3
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV

CAPTURED LOCATION: “THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK”, South Africa.

THE “CHEETAH” – Acinonyx jabatus

The streamlined and elegant cheetah, although purported to attain speeds of over 100km per hour, can probably not exceed of 75km per hour for short stretches, but is, nevertheless the fleetest animal on earth.
Their claws, unlike the other cats of the region, are not able to retracted.
They are terrestrial animals, utilizing stout sloping tree trunks to rest on and use as observation posts.
Predominantly diurnal they are most active in early morning and late afternoon. In hot weather they rest in the heat of the day, preferring an elevated position from where they can keep an eye out for danger. They are more solitary than social animals. Males form strongly cohesive bachelor groups. The females are not joined by the males except during oestrus.
Vocalisation is a curious chirruping, rather like a birdcall. This may be accompanied by a ‘chirr’ sound. When content they purr loudly and growl, cough, hiss or snarl. They raise the hair on their back when they threaten.
Cheetahs are not aggressive towards each other except where males battle over a female in oestrus. These can be serious skirmishes which may leave one of the contestants dead. Their bad record of difficult breeding has been ascribed variously to an inbred genetic difficulty and, by some zoologists, to the possible occurrence of a serious plague in times past which wiped out most of the cheetah leaving very few survivors and insufficient unrelated individuals to perpetuate a very viable gene pool. This would have inhibited successful ongoing breeding. They also have a complicated courtship process, which further increases the breeding problem.
The beautiful king cheetah is a genetically abberant animal which occasionally manifests in populations of cheetah in central and southern Zimbabwe, eastern Botswana, north eastern, northern and western Transvaal.
Lion and leopard are predators of the cheetah and lion and hyaenas chase the cheetah from its prey. A litter of one to six, usually two to four, altricial cubs are born in a rocky crevice. They are carefully hidden by the mother while she hunts. Despite this they often fall prey to predators.
FOOD: The principal food is made up by medium to small antelope or the young of the larger antelope. Cheetahs also prey on terrestrial birds up to the size of the ostrich. Hares, springhaas, young warthogs and porcupines are also taken. When hunting is done in a pack they will sometimes separate giraffe calf and pull it down. They are frequently injured when they tackle large prey such as buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest or zebra. They will avoid confrontation with large herd or any animal, preferring to hunt the fringes, tackling stragglers and young.
Before the hunt they survey the veld from a vantage point. After selection the prey is stalked up to 70 meters. They then dash after the prey, relying upon their superior speed. If this dash is unsuccessful they abandon that particular animal and start again.

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wildlife, cheetah, endangered species

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  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture! Looks like they are out in the road! A fav for sure. So sharp and crisp!

  • Thank you so much Ginny, yes you are on the dot, they are on a road in the middle of now-where! It was the most wonderful experience I ever had! Thank you so much for honouring me with a fav. on this capture, it really is a great inspiration! Take care xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIoneabout 4 years ago

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  • Thank you so much Joyce, take carex

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Kimberly Chadwick
    Kimberly Chadwickabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture! Fave no doubt. It must be a thrill to see these beasts in this fashion, well done!

  • Thank you so much Kim, must admit, a once in a lifetime experience and it was awesome! xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 4 years ago

    Wow! Beautifully crisp pic! Lovely Magaret!

  • Thank you so much for your visit and ery kind comment Maree,take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 4 years ago

    Instant FAV. They have the longest legs and the neatest facial marks. Well captured. Barb

  • I an honored, thank you Barbs for your visit and lovely comment, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • DutchLumix
    DutchLumixabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture! Great work

  • Thank you so much for your visit and very kind comment, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Vitta
    Vittaabout 4 years ago

    Magnificent image!!!

  • Thank you so much for your visit and very kind comment, take care xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • loiteke
    loitekeabout 4 years ago

    Wowwowwowow

  • Thank you so much Meeli xxxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartabout 4 years ago

    Wow…this is superb Margaret.!!….What stunning looking animals…!!!

  • Thank you so much for your visit and very kind comment, take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

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