We had a chance to visit a Cheetah Rehabilitation Center during our third day in South Africa. The center’s goal is to care for Cheetahs, Serval Cats, African Wildcats and Caracal (Lynx) which have been orphaned or injured in the wild and are in need of care and rehabilitation. They also have a breeding program that release the off-spring back into their natural habitat. The great part is that we had a chance to interact with them and in some cases pet them. The Cheetah I petted was purring so loud his entire body was vibrating. A wonderful experience.
Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are amazing animals. They are normally about 35 inches in length and can weight up to 160 pounds. Their body is uniformly covered by nearly 2,000 solid black spots. The cheetah’s body is specialized for speed and as such is the fastest land animal. The speed of a hunting cheetah averages about 40 miles per hour during a sprint. They have a burst speed of up to 70 miles per hour.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 Lens set on 200 mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/5.6, shutter speed at 1/320th of a second and the ISO set at 320. This is a single image processed in Lightroom.
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