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Byron~ De Wildt Cheetah Research Center, SA. by Susan Bergstrom
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This is ByronHis Eminence is one of the 50 plus Cheetah’s at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wild Dog Research and Rescue Center … located about an hour’s drive north-west of Johannesburg, SA near Hartbeesport Dam…
This is a teaching, rescue and research center, struggling to keep this beautiful big cat species and the Wild Dog off the Endangered Species List.

Not in the Big Five but in the Super Seven of game park must see wildlife… the Cheetah and the Wild Dog are teertering on the brink of extinction.
Misunderstood by the farmers of South Africa (who shoot on sight)… and hunted by relentless poaching… it is now estimated that there is less then 600 Cheetah in South Africa and even less of the Wild Dog.

The Cheetah is the most passive of the large wild feline species.
Actually know as the Coward Cat …the Cheetah will easily take down it’s prey at clocked speeds over 65 MPH …but run away if challenged for the kill and rarely, if ever attack humans.

If they do have a chance to eat their kill… they will only eat the soft tissue areas and in-turn leave the rest for other animals. The Cheetah prefers fresh kill…one of the big problems and misunderstandings with the farming community in South Africa…

Research Centers like De Wildt… are striving to re-educate the farmers to understand that the left-over’s of their kills… actually curbs other animals (Wild Dogs) from killing livestock.
It is a slow process of changing old attitudes and pre-conceived ideas.

I took over 45 captures * during our visit…
*When you get a chance
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Click on “PICTURES & VIDEOS”
…and view the entire album on my Shutterfly site… feel free to look at any of the other albums of our travels.

NOTE … just wanted to mention that the running shot of Byron was the best I could do! LOL!
He was clocked at over 35 mph as he raced to catch the plastic pom-pom on the zip wire running through the field. More shots of this popular, highly attended Cheetah Morning Run in my Shutterfly Album.

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cheetah, cat, feline, wild animal, africa, rescue, big game, susan bergstrom, south africa

I enjoy a full time career as a working Fine Art Artist and Natural Lifestyle Photographer.
To me, my art and photography is the best way to express what I see around me.
I also teach both mediums and I host 3 and 4 day Art and Photography Workshop Retreats through my private studio on my desert property in Nevada/Arizona.
I formed Elbow Canyon Fine Art & Photography Retreats several years ago to offer my students a unique one-on-one instruction.
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  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...about 3 years ago

    Magnificent creature….just saw a cub on Leno the other night

  • Thanks! it was another great encounter!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 3 years ago

    w0w! stunning sweetheART a great shot – fave ;~} Valz

  • Thank you Miss Val…nice to hear from you!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisabout 3 years ago

    Outstanding photo of the beautiful cheetah,,,,Rick

  • Thanks Rick… he was awesome!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 3 years ago

    There I lay in all my glory ☺ Great series of images MT, Excellent work.

  • Well I knew you would be pleased with my double meaning here! LOL! …he was magnificent! Did you look at the whole album?

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • BarbL
    BarbLabout 3 years ago

    Wow…what a stunning animal! Hard to fathom how someone could kill such a beauty!

  • The really are just huge house cats… they are very passive and playful, but greatly misunderstood…

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful animal Susan capture so well as always

  • Hey Hello! Thanks Nancy…nice to hear from you!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 3 years ago

  • My Pleasure!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • Dennis Knecht
    Dennis Knechtabout 3 years ago

    Stunning Photo! Den.

  • Thanks! It was an awesome experience!

    – Susan Bergstrom

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

    16 May 2011 – 2 images per day

  • My Pleasure! Thanks!

    – Susan Bergstrom

  • WesternArt
    WesternArtabout 3 years ago

    Byron looks quite happy there. The other images here are wonderful too
    Rosemaree

  • Thanks! Good to see you…! Always glad when you stop by!

    – Susan Bergstrom

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