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Cheetah cubs

Cheetah cubs
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Copyright: Michel Detay (M_Detay) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 160] (832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-28
Categories: Mammals
Camera: D3S, Nikkor 500mm f4 VR
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-05 12:23
Viewed: 3291
Points: 20
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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) - 2 cubs in Otjitotongwe Namibia

I had the chance to see two cubs (less than 3 month old) in Namibia.

The cheetah originally occupied most of Africa except for the equatorial forest and the true desert, (Sahara & Namib) as well as much of the Middle East and India, where it became extinct in the early 1950's. It is now extremely rare in the rest of Asia and Africa, north of the equator.

It is estimated that there are less than 7,500 cheetah left in the world, and about 6,000 of these are found in Southern Africa. According to a 1970 study, the numbers of cheetah in Namibia had improved, due apparently to the removal of lion and hyena, by farmers. In some cases, it was because of the re-introduction of various antelope species, favoured by these fleet-footed cats.

More recent surveys have shown that Namibia has 2000-2500 cheetah, of which 95% are on private (game of cattle) farms. Unfortunately, some farmers have continued to shoot cheetah because of their tendency to raid stock, particularly where their natural prey species are scarce, or absent. Whilst the current figures do not make the cheetah endangered in the absolute sense of the word, the extraordinary degree of genetic uniformity that these cats have been shown to exhibit, raises the possibility that a disease could devastate wild populations. Otjitotongwe is dedicated to the preservation of the cheetah species.

Cheetahs have a unique, well-structured social order. Females live alone except when they are raising cubs. The females raise the cubs on their own. The first 18 months of a cub's life are important - cubs learn many lessons because survival depends on knowing how to hunt wild prey species and avoid other predators such as leopards, lions, hyenas, and baboons. At 18 months, the mother leaves the cubs, who then form a sibling group, that will stay together for another 6 months. At about 2 years, the female siblings leave the group, and the young males remain together for life. Males live alone or in coalitions made up of brothers from the same litter. Some coalitions maintain territories in order to find females with which they will mate. Territories are often located in areas where there is a rich supply of wild game and/or water. Fierce fights between male coalitions, resulting in serious injury or death, can occur when defending territories.
Cheetahs hunt in the late morning and early evening. They capture their prey by stalking - until they prey is within 10-30 meters - before chasing. The prey is suffocated when a cheetahs bites the underside of the throat. Chases last about 20 seconds, and rarely longer then 1 minute. About half of the chases are successful. In Namibia, cheetahs use playtrees (trees with sloping trunks and large horizontal limbs, usually camelthorns) to observe their surroundings and mark the area. Cheetahs make chirping sounds, and hiss or spit when angered or threatened. They purr very loudly when content.

About 10,000-12,500 cheetahs are estimated to remain in 24 to 26 African countries and less than 100 animals in Iran. Namibia has the world's largest number of free-ranging cheetahs with about 2500 animals.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-09-05 12:28]

Hello Michel,
Great photo taken from a perfect low POV in very beautiful light and colours. Excellent sharpness.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2012-09-05 13:12]

Hi Michel
Stunning action shot
Perfect moment

hello Michel
beautiful picture great dynamism, beautiful light effect, excellent sharpness and POV
Congratulations, hello Vanni

Hello Michel,
such a charming shot,full of action and interest,the touch of light lifts the whole scene.
Regards Les.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2012-09-05 20:58]

Hello Michel,

Adorable! Love the blurred 'jungle book' bg too. Womderful and in fine focus these two fasted of land mammals on the prowl. Well timed & very well taken!



Active and Beautiful young hunters... The Fine shot, I congratulate!!!

Hi Michel

Scenes like these stay in memory for long, even without a photo. So the photo here is a bonus really and a good one at that. Low POV and the surrounding environment catch the mood beautifully.

Great action photo Michel! The timing, the composition, the lighting and the sharpness are excellent.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2012-09-06 11:53]

Hi Michel,

A great action capture,you clicked on exactly the right time the shutter,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-06 16:15]

Great timing and magnificent capture whit a spectacular quality despite the difficult light,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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