Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) have always held a special fascination. Their lithe beauty, fine features and gorgeous coats make for a stunningly attractive cat. The two brothers on the left were in a most amorous state of mind, but were having difficulty in generating a suitable response from the female they had cornered. Unfortunately for her, the brothers weren’t going to let her go unless she gave it up, or until their need to eat finally drove them to abandon their ardent pursuits.

Tswalu game reserve, South Africa.


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  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 3 years ago

    i agree – stunning looking animals, cheetahs…
    the one on the far left seems to be wearing a collar … is that some kind of tag?

  • These two brothers are newly released onto the reserve and the one is wearing a radio collar so that they can track both for research and keep tabs on how well the introduction is going. Interestingly, the tracker that found these two was INCREDIBLE!!! He’d simply seen the flick of an ear under a bush from a signifigant distance. Incidentally, they don’t use the collars to locate the cheetahs for the tourists sake.

    – Dan MacKenzie

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