A free cat wishes by Owed to Nature

Originally started as a small guest farm, Okonjima expanded the Hanssen family’s hospitality to eco-lodge bush camps on approximately 54,000 acres (22,000 hectares) of Nature Reserve. And not just any nature reserve, the home of the AfriCat Foundation, a non-profit organization for the conservation, protection and rehabilitation of threatened cheetah, leopard, and other wild carnivores.

This Africat sign hangs at the entrance to the wildlife area of the reserve. Look closely, for the letter “I” is dotted “EE” because the foundation’s founding principle was that any “AfriCat” they rehabilitated would be successfully released as “A free Cat”. So as the sun goes down on another day at Okonjima, one of it’s wild guest climbs a tall anthill to look out beyond the reserve, and wonder, if tomorrow, he will again be a free cat.

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) at Okonjima, Namibia
Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens
Focal length 250mm, Exposure 1/30 sec at f/5.9
ISO 400, EV -1/3 stop

Pick of the Day Bubbling Artists February 6 2012

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’SDuring an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 3 years ago

    I hope he gets his freedom, lovely animal xx

  • Thanks Lynn! I share your wish. Cheetahs are my favorite wild animal. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • Sue Ballyn
    Sue Ballynabout 3 years ago

    Me too.

  • Thank you Sue! So nice to share with you. ;-) …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 3 years ago

    love it – awesome pic sylvia ! though lions will always be my favourite :)

  • Many thanks Dean! I like lions too, though I do have a preference for spots. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • G.T.S Photos
    G.T.S Photosabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you very much Thomas! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Marie-Eve Boisclair
    Marie-Eve Bois...about 3 years ago

  • Such an honor, thrill and privilege. I truly appreciate and value your pick and support. Thank You Marie-Eve! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossabout 3 years ago

    Excellent !

  • Many Thanks Michael!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    7 February 2012 – 2 images per day

  • Thank you!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 3 years ago

    7 February 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • And thank you again Konstantinos!! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • john forrant
    john forrantabout 3 years ago

    What a great composition and stunning shot

  • Many Thanks John. Such a treat as cheetahs are such beautiful creatures.

    – Owed to Nature

  • cootie
    cootieabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you Isabel! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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