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Duma – the Swahili name for cheetah, can weigh between 110 to 140 pounds and have a lifespan of between 10 to 20 years.

(Masai Mara – Kenya)

Listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in 2008

The known cheetah population is approximately 7,500 adult animals. Additional areas where cheetah status is poorly known are unlikely to raise the total to over 10,000. Given Myers (1975) estimate of 15,000 cheetahs in Africa in the 1970s, a decline of at least 30% is suspected over the past 18 years (3 generations). The decline is primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as killing and capture of cheetahs as livestock depredators, primarily, as well as for trade (IUCN Cats Red List Workshop 2007). (www.iucnredlist.org/details/219)

Comments

  • Braedene
    Braedenealmost 6 years ago

    What’s it watching – looks ready for the chase. Great angle on head shot. Liz

  • skyhorse
    skyhorsealmost 6 years ago

    a lovely crisp shot, beautiful cat intent on something – breakfast maybe?

  • linifer
    liniferalmost 6 years ago

    been a long time since i was in the masai mara. your images are so wonderful to see steve :)

  • pryere
    pryerealmost 6 years ago

    Wow, excellent.

  • WINTERROSE
    WINTERROSEalmost 6 years ago

    awesomeee

  • wandalechene
    wandalechenealmost 6 years ago

    great capture and composition well done

  • sarah ward
    sarah wardalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful : )

  • Stephen Colquitt
    Stephen Colquittalmost 6 years ago

    A really interesting place to pop your subject in this one. Gives a very interesting feel to it

    Cheers – Steve

  • greenfrog153
    greenfrog153almost 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot Steve.

  • Heps
    Hepsalmost 6 years ago

    Great one! They are my favorite too!

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