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Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 400mm, 1/200, f5.6, ISO 1600

Views: 510 Sept 3, 2013

Featured in: Wildcats, Afrikaans, Wild Africa

Having just roused himself, darkness was just beginning to fall as we came across this male cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Although definitely diurnal in their habits, they will choose to lie up in a shaded location in order to beat the heat of the day, only venturing out once the heat has broken.

Males demarcate their territory by deficating and urinating around its borders. This gives both visual and scent warning to other males that the territory is occupied and by extension, the females of the area already claimed.

Okavango Delta, Botswana

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at www.explorationsafrica.com

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