CHEETAH FAMILY DINNER

I was able to get this footage after the sun had set this evening. A Cheetah Mum had hunted a large Impala ram as dinner for her family.

Please note how observant all them are to avoid to be surprised by another predator during their meal.

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ON THE SAVANNA

These two Thanda Safari Cheetah males were this evening on the savanna. They kept looking for a female which was also somewhere on the open area (together with her three cubs).

I took this short video after the sun had set with a long 500mm lens.

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Let’s talk about big cats – the honorary members!

Beside the five official members of the genus Panthera (Tiger, Lion, Jaguar, Leopard and Snow Leopard) there are five more cat species which do not quite fit into the ‘small cat definition’ as they are rather large and/or have very special features.

I will introduce these over the next few days. Let’s start today with the fastest land animal: The Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus).

It is the only cat fully adapted for speed instead of power. It cannot roar and misses other big car traits. It is therefore classified in its own genus. I took this Cheetah portrait a few years ago at Thanda Safari.

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WEATHER

Just as a major rain storm approach I ran into these two Cheetahs on the S-50 near the Mopani Rest Camp in the Kruger National Park.

A few minutes later the sun was gone and I could hardly see the road in the heavy rain.

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What an experience!

Following a Cheetah mum and her cub on her hunt …

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GROWING UP QUICKLY

These three Cheetah cubs are growing up very quickly. I love watching them playing around mum!

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