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Cheetah - Acinonyx Jubatus

Cheetah - Acinonyx Jubatus
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-23
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-09-07 0:23
Viewed: 4743
Points: 22
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Auckalnd Zoo’s Cheetahs.

(Acinonyx Jubatus)

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

Shoulder Height: 2.3-2.8 ft

Weight: 75-150 lbs.

Habit: Female solitary; male lives in small groups

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

Lifespan: Up to 12 years in the wild, longer in captivity, the 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 young or what it kills.

The Future of the Cheetah: The world's population of cheetah is between 9,000 and 12,000 animals and the Namibian population is estimated at 2,500, which is the largest free-living population in one country. The cheetah population in North America is stabilizing. Death rates have been reduced and birth rates have increased. Although problems with survival and reproduction have characterized the cheetah for years, these problems are being reduced.

This is one of the 2 Cheetah brothers at the Auckland Zoo, named Anubis and Osiris . He is about 15 months old in this photo, taken a year ago. The cheetahs’ presence here provides fantastic opportunities to advocate for this, Africa's most endangered big cat, and the world's fastest land animal!

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Hi Janice
I like the composition and contrast here. I also like the buckground but I think that you could blur it a little bit more to remove the "zoo effect" (the bars)

Best wishes

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-09-07 1:17]
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Hello Janice!

Cats are beautifull. Period :-) Lazy guy resting in royal pose. I like its pose, face, eyes. I bet he's dreaming about speed and fresh blood :-)

Check my last post my friend!

Hola Janice,
Preciosa toma de bella composición, buena nitidez y texturas, Saludos
José Ramón

Hi Janice,
Your North Island species look very different to our South Island cheetahs ;)
.... just kidding
For any non-New Zealanders who read that .... we only have 2 native mammals in NZ,both of them are tiny bats.
A lovely shot Janice.
I wonder if its as tame as the one at the New Brighton zoo in Christchurch. It was purring as I touched it through the fence !

Those guys can run Janice! They are so amazing to watch in documentary. I never had the chance to see one running in the wild though :( lol... This is a nice portrait of this majestic animal with good details, very nice composition and natural exposure. It would have been nice to get ride of the fence in background but this is the problem when shooting in zoos. Your notes are much interesting as usual :) Thanks,

Morning Janice,
Well detailed and composed, nice POV and expression captured mf.
You have a great time now..and that's an order from Dr. Cheek! ;}

bonjour janice
un bon portrait avec un bon piqué,dommage que le grillage soit un peu trop present dans le BG,peut etre auriez vous pu flouter un peu en PP.

This is my favorite animal. I have been involved in capture breeding programs for two years now. I have been bitten once as well. :) I will keep on doing it though. It's nice to see you posting and then such lovely critters as this. The colorbalance is slightly off with a light green cast. I have corrected this and hope you don't mind.

Well done.

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-09-08 8:39]

Superb composition, great details and a wonderful catchlight, Janice
A lovely posting

The eyes say it all. The background colour makes a lovely contrast.

Hi Janice.
Wonderful image. Composition is great with that look on it's face. Great exposure, DOF and detail.


Hello Janice

What a very nice picture of a after all very rare species. It is a pity that these animals to day can be seen only in the zoo's - mostly. I have the privilege to be able to see them on Animal Planet on TV and I really enjoy there grace. You have captured one in a relaxing moment in a zoo but it still shows it's grace. Very nice details and contrast in the fur, colours look very natural. All over a very nice picture to look at.

Have a nice weekend

hello janice
oh là là quelle merveille, un beau nounours a mettre sur ton lit!!!
parfaite exposition, bonne netteté et jolies couleurs, tres bien

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-09-15 2:48]

Hi Janice, what can one say about this? both majestic and beautiful. Perfect pose and very well composed. Such lovely detail on the fur, eyes and face. Nice and sharp with good dof.

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