"My Keeper" by Michelle Lee Willsmore

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Monarto Zoological Park – South Australia – December 2007

A 3 year old male looking up at his keeper -awaiting food.

He is one of 6 cheetah cubs who needed hand rearing after their mum died 2 weeks after giving birth.

I was one of 4 members of the public lucky enough to be in the enclosure during feeding.

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A Vulnerable species as listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Likely to become Endangered unless the circumstances threatening its survival and reproduction improve. Vulnerability is mainly caused by habitat loss or destruction. Vulnerable species are monitored and are becoming threatened. (Reference wikipedia)

Camera: Minolta SRT-101 (Film SLR) -40yo
Lens:MC Tele Rokkor-QD 1:3.5 f=135mm,
with MTAuto Teleplus 3×.
ISO 400
Aperture: 5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/250th sec.

Photoshop Elements 6.0 -
Auto fix – contrast, smart-fix, colour, contrast, sharpen

Featured in Red Bubble Groups-
That One Great Shot – May 2010
The Beauty Of Nature – May 2010
Buyers Club – May 2010
Colour And Light – May 2010
The World As We See It, or as we missed it – 7 June 2010

Top 10 in a Challenge-
United: Australia,UK and The USA – May 2010

102 views as at 29th May 2010


  • eisblume
    eisblumealmost 5 years ago

    sooooo cute :D beautiful photo!

  • I know, isn’t he beautiful. I got to pat him!!

    – Michelle Lee Willsmore

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosalmost 5 years ago

    Just so gorgeous……..love the angle.

  • Thankyou. He was a beautiful boy!!!

    – Michelle Lee Willsmore

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 5 years ago

    Your Hosts: Jo and Barb

  • Thankyou for having me :D

    – Michelle Lee Willsmore

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenalmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks Kylie, I’m thrilled

    – Michelle Lee Willsmore

  • Alexandra Wise-Brogna
    Alexandra Wise...almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful cat! Congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks Alexandra

    – Michelle Lee Willsmore

  • Ana  Marija
    Ana Marijaalmost 5 years ago

    He is gorgeous!!! Congratulations for being featured.

  • Thankyou so much Ana – I think I might have to go and visit him again soon!

    – Michelle Lee Willsmore

  • tcat757
    tcat757almost 5 years ago

  • Thankyou very much

    – Michelle Lee Willsmore

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 5 years ago

    Lovely shot.

    I like the look of it flipped 90 degrees too.


  • Thankyou Dave. He was laying on the ground looking up.

    – Michelle Lee Willsmore

  • buttonpresser
    buttonpresseralmost 5 years ago

    I could see the context, but it doesn’t look wrong when you rotate it either.

    Just a thought,


  • Yeah youre right. It explains why many people dont know which way he goes.

    – Michelle Lee Willsmore

  • sarahspictures
    sarahspicturesalmost 5 years ago

    this is outstanding, beautiful work – you may want to check out The Best of Red Bubble to see if you want to submit it there as well?

  • Thanks for your nice words. And I willscheck that out. Thanks

    – Michelle Lee Willsmore

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