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Acinonyx jubatus


The cheetah has non-retractable claws and paw pads that disallow gripping, so they cannot climb vertical trees, although they are generally capable of reaching easily accessible branches. The cheetah has the fastest land speed of any living animal: 112-120 km/h (70-75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m (1600 ft); this cat can accelerate from 0 to over 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds.


These cheetahs were at a lodge that rehabilitates orphaned and sick cats for release back into the wild. As they became adults, they are first released into an open area of the lodge's land, where they can learn to hunt. During the initial release, the lodge gives them supplemental food so that they are well fed as they learn to hunt.


Thanks to Ashish to alerting us to the fact that today is the second International Cheetah Day declared by the Cheetah Conservation Fund. See:

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Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Thanks, LeafWolf!

LeafWolf 10 years ago

Stunning !

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Thank you, CyndeeOgle!

CyndeeOgle 10 years ago

That last photo is so beautiful! They're all wonderful!

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Thanks, Jacob. It was so cool seeing them fairly close!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 10 years ago


Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Thanks, everyone, for your nice comments!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Super series Maria :)

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 10 years ago

Nice sharing,,

KuheliBD 10 years ago

superb series

YukoChartraw 10 years ago

Amazing spotting!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Thanks in Millions... Maria... for celebrating International Cheetah Day....!!
I wished I could post such spotting of fastest mammal of surface.... if any survived from India..... :(

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Thanks, Satyen. It was really interesting. We arrived at a certain spot and no animal was to be seen. The guide then began calling and finally pointed at the top of a very high hill, where this group was descending. He tossed out the meat and they came quite close to eat but kept a very watchful eye on us!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Great spotting!

Maria dB
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Maria dB

Windhoek, Namibia

Spotted on Sep 30, 2007
Submitted on Dec 4, 2012

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