This is Byron… His 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…
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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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