Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) at Close Quarters by Chris Westinghouse

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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) are very inquisitive creatures, and are known to approach humans. This one approached my open vehicle at De Wildt in South Africa in mid-2007 and I was able to take a series of close-up photographs at a range of less than 2 metres. I was not brave enough to get any closer, though I have seen Cheetah come real close, smell and even lick people – not something one’s instincts usually permit.


cheetah, acinonyx, de wildt, wildlife, cats, predator, wild

Photographer and freelance photojournalist in Melbourne, Australia.

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  • Olitto
    Olittoover 3 years ago

    15 January 2011

  • Chris Westinghouse
    Chris Westingh...over 3 years ago

    Thanks for the compliment to my work. I am very pleased you appreciated this image. Apart from the fact that it is a “nice picture,” it is also an image that means a lot to me: I grew up in Africa and have lived in New Zealand and Australia for the last ten years. I miss the wildlife more than anything less, and this cheetah got so close I could smell its breath. It was one of my life’s really, really magical moments.

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