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Speed Demons
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Copyright: Greg Hume (greghume) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 72 N: 575] (2160)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-17
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ20, Leica 36-432mm
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): BEST OF: Cheetahs 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-19 1:41
Viewed: 4259
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Look at the haunches on these two. I was aware that cheetahs, Acinonyx jubatus,can sprint up to 60 mph, but the literature suggests that they can hit 70 mph (110 km/h) for perhaps 500 yards.

The cheetah is listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and vulnerable on the World Conservation Unionís Red List of Threatened Species. An estimated 100,000 cheetahs living more than a century ago have dwindled to less than 15,000 remaining in the wild today. At the same time, the human population has grown and the resultant demand for resources. This often puts people in direct competition with wildlife, the cheetah included.

About 2,500 cheetahs reside in Namibia where livestock farming has taken over much of the natural savannah habitat. Competition with other predators such as lions has pushed 95% of Namibian cheetahs out of the national parks and on to farmland. Many farmers will not tolerate cheetahs on the farm, as they fear the cheetahs will kill their livestock. Farming also alters the landscape. Specifically, bush has taken over much of the original grassland, causing problems for farmer and cheetah alike.

Taken at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden which has declared cheetah conservation as one of its signature conservation projects.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-19 10:07]

Hello Greg
Beautiful picture with a wonderful creature and a beautiful composition. Very interesting the information also. Thank you for posting.
Best wishes

nice position, though a lttle out of focus, TFS Ori

Hi Greg

A cute pair. We recently had two lovely boys sent to the Auckland Zoo. What a thrill it is to see these magnificent animals up close. On the 21st December I am taking part in a 'Cheetah Experience' at the Auckland Zoo which my son and daughter-in-law gave me for my birthday. I get to spend 45 minutes in the enclourse with the two boys. The camera is a 'must' for this experience so 'watch this space'. TFS.

Hi Greg,
Excellent shot on this pair of Cheetahs. You managed the light perfectly. Nice rich color saturation and good detail. DOF is a little shallow at f2.8, A well composed and framed shot.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-21 21:36]

Hello Greg

A good shot of these 2 cheetahs.The photo does give a very good look at the powerful hind legs of these guys.Good colour and detail in the fur.Well done on the POV.TFS


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-01-06 22:07]

Nice pic Greg ! I love the way you composed it, nice lighting and good technique. Thanks,


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