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Copyright: Natley Prinsloo (Mamagolo2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 1 N: 636] (3124)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-19
Categories: Mammals
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-11 9:50
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My number 3 cheetah.

Cheetah Facts:

Cheetah is the world's fastest land animal and the most unique and specialized member of the cat family. It can reach speeds of 70 mph. Unlike other cats, the cheetah has a leaner body, longer legs, and has been referred to as the “greyhound” of the cats. It is not an aggressive animal, using flight versus fight. With its weak jaws and small teeth, the price it paid for speed, it cannot fight larger predators to protect it's kills or young.

The cheetah is often mistaken for a leopard. It's distinguishing marks are the long tear-drop shaped lines on each side of the nose from the corner of it's eyes to it's mouth. The cheetah’s coat is tan, or buff colored, with black spots measuring from ¾ to 1 ¼ inches across. There are no spots on it's white belly, and the tail has spots which merge to form four to six dark rings at the end.

The tail usually ends in a bushy white tuft. Male cheetahs are slightly larger than females and have a slightly bigger head, but it is difficult to tell males and females apart by appearance alone. The cheetah is a vulnerable species. Out of all the big cats, it is the least able to adapt to new environments. They have always proved difficult to breed in captivity, but recently a few zoos have been successful. Once widely shot for its fur, the cheetah now suffers more from the loss of both habitat and prey.


Head and body-4.3-4.9 ft
Tail-2 to 2.5 ft.

Shoulder Height:
2.3-2.8 ft

75-150 lbs.

Female solitary; male lives in small groups

Gazelles and other antelope; also hares, rodents, gamebirds and sometimes larger prey such as the zebra.

Up to 12 years in the wild, longer in captivity

Sexual Maturity:
20-24 months

Mating Season:
Throughout the year

90-95 days

Litter Size:
Up to 8, but usually 2 to 5 cubs


The cheetah is the most primitive of all cats, evolving approximately 18 million years ago.


The cheetah has a tall, slim, long-legged build. It has a yellowish-brown coat with darkbrown spots and a long white-tipped tail. The cheetah's spots help to camouflage it in its environment.

Special Characteristics:

The cheetah has no natural enemies. The cheetah's paws have only semi-retractable claws, the only of its type amongst the species of cat, and offer the cat extra grip in its high-speed pursuits.

Speed :

A fully grown cheetah can reach speeds in excess of 60 mph.

Source: Indianchild.com

Enjoy and comments are welcome.

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Dear Natley Prinsloo,

Excellent sharp picture. nice BG. Little cropping may increase subject presentation.

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-01-11 10:28]

Hi neighbor
great dof and nice presentation of the long tail
they are incredible animals indeed

Hello Natley,
excellent portrait of this beauty, very sharp details, natural colors,
TFS, regards,

Hello Natley, my neighbour today
what a great cature of lovely cheetah with great sharp focus and great details on its dorsal patterns. exposure, colors and composition great. he looks very lovely and you nicely capture it with exact timing. thanks for sharing.
have a nice evening

[Mamagolo2] Nately,
What do you put in your morning coffee that you are able to "consistanly" produce such lovely work... so detailed... sharp... INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL!!!???
Loved you notes too.

The cheetah is my favourite animal and this is just about the best cheetah picture I have ever seen. If I had taken it I would enlarge and frame it. I like the way the tail leads you into the picture, the pose is just fantastic!
Very well done!

hello Natley
this one is also very good
so good sharpness and good details with super naturel colours
greeting lou

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