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Friday, February 26, 2010

Cheetah - Part 2

For interesting info on these beautiful cats please go to my first post CHEETAH. If you have any other question, please feel free to ask.






38 comments:

Firefly said...

Cheetah's are wonderful animals. Big cats, but also not. There is little that gets close in nature to seeing a cheetah at full throttle after an antelope. Now if only I can get to actually see it in the wild.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Oh gosh Jonker, I cannot believe you have not seen one of these exciting animals in person. I suppose I am so spoilt that they are common to me and I figure most people in SA have seen them. You need to take the family to Kruger or Kalagadi sometime.

troutbirder said...

It is true these beautiful animals may be heading toward the brink of extinction? I surely hope not.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello TB. No, about 20 years ago they were but now they have breeding programs all over Africa and they have been re-introduced to most places where they were scarce. With these and the ban on their skins, the problem has been solved and they are thriving I am pleased to say.

Gaelyn said...

Can't hardly wait to see these!

4 days left.

cata said...

Fantastic photos, there must be exciting to see these animals in person.

Andrea said...

Wow! I would like so much to be so close!

Craver Vii said...

Nice kitty. It looks like the cat in the last frame is escaping. These pics brought us so nice and close.

JM said...

Fantastic shots of one of the most beautiful african animals! I was lucky to watch a mother and three cubs on a daily basis at Mala Mala! :-)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joan: Just what I need, a cheetah standing on the fence. I sure enjoyed them last Spring. They wood have a ball with my backyard deer.

Becky and Gary said...

What gorgeous animals. Terrific pictures of them Joan. It must be exciting to see them in the wild.
Be careful...
B.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Gaelyn. I am hard at work getting things sorted out for the trip. Now it is my turn to see what I should take and what I should leave. :) I went shopping yesterday for some snack to eat while we are driving. :) Well maybe there will still be a bit left by the time you get here .... I have the whole weekend with them laying there tempting me. LOL!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Cata. It is very exciting. I worked as a tour guide for many years to our largest game reserve and loved every minute of it.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Soon Andrea!! :) I will take you to see some when you get here. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Craver. LOL!! While all the other pictures are taken in the wild, the last picture is of a captive one and he is standing on the shelter build for it. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

That must have been a great experience Jose. Those cubs are so cute and I would LOVE to have one as a pet. As I am sure you know, they are the only one of the wild cats which you can really tame.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

They sure would Tom. The deer would not have a chance. :) I remember the post you did on the park you went to. It was lovely seeing your pictures of them.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Becky. It really is exciting. Not only the cheetah ut all the wild animals which roam free in the park. It is a great experience and one everyone should have at least once in their lifetimes so come on over and I will take you too. :)

LG said...

Some lovely photos Joan, glad I came across your blog

LG

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Tanks for visiting anc commenting LG. I left a message for you about the bird you are trying to ID.

Tony nile life said...

http://egyptplants.blogspot.com/
another tree inquiry.

most of its blooms and all the leaves got blown off in the sandstorm we had. so its looking a bit ragged.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Tony. I left a comment for you on the tree. :)

Mary said...

They have such beautiful markings. I prefer them to lions or tigers. And so slim....lucky them!

blog with no name said...

Gaelyn led me this way, The photos are wonderful! When I was a child I got to pet a Bengal Tiger and it still fills me with awe and wonderment to look into their eyes.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Mary. They are one of only two species of cat who's sking is actually darker not just the hair. If I find one in Kruger I will be bringing it home with me. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Mike. Wonderful to have you visiting and commenting. I am so looking forward to having her visit and I loved your comment on her last blog about multitasking. LOL!!

These cats are my favorite of all the wild ones. To see them running around free is probably the most exciting experience I have had. Gaelyn will bring you back lots of great pics from Africa. :)

Gaelyn said...

Hope you don't eat up all the snacks. But, guess we can go shopping.
I don't particularly like to multitask, just means I'm doing a whole bunch of things not so good.

Gaelyn said...

Mike's LOL!

Anna said...

Joan you are right they are beautiful cats. I like the last photo, so graceful. Anna :) PS now I am going to check the other previous posts.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I have saved a few for you Gaelyn. LOL!! I had a good laugh at Mike's comment.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Gaelyn: Mike has a fantastic blog and I have not had time to read or comment there but I did so this morning. The info on the sweat lodge was of great interest to me.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hi Anna. I have missed you. :) Thanks, these cats are my favorites amongst all of them. So sleek and graceful No wonder the queens of Egypt kept them as pets.

Rambling Woods said...

I watched a nature program on these cats and it is so sad to see these wonderful cats being so endangered. Here on the west coast mountain lions are killed if they show up on jogging paths in the hills where people shouldn't live anyway..sigh..

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is sad how us humans are destroying our planet and all the creatures which live on it Michelle. I always say that I am pleased I am old and wont live to see what it is going to be like 50 or 100 years from now.:(

Krista said...

What magnificent animals - and fantastic captures, Joan! The kitten at the top is just too cute for words, and I really loved the shot of the one cheetah eating, it's so... primal!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

They are stunning creatures Krista. To be close-up and personal with them is an experience like nothing else on earth. A trip to the game reserve where you can see them run wild and free is probably the one and only reason I will never leave SA to live anywhere else in the world.

Ken said...

WOW, just incredible stuff. Love the little guy! Blue Skies.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Ken. I would love one of these as a pet. :)