cheetah photographs on Red Rhino wildlife safari

Cheetahs typically gives birth to four to six cubs, but the chance of cheetah cub making it past 3 months is only around 10%.  We got lucky last summer while on our last day in the last hour of our safari when we came across this mother and her cubs in Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.

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After a few months cheetah cubs lose the fluffy fur that you see in these photos.  The fluffiness allows the cubs to look bigger and thus more dangerous to predators.

_DSC0077Not only the fastest animal in the world but also one of the most beautiful.  It is unique in the cat family in that it hunts in the day time.  This mother (below) was scanning for predators to protect her cubs and also looking for a meal at the same time–the ultimate multi-tasker.  We didn’t get to see her hunt but it was exciting to observe her with her cubs and watch how closely her cubs stuck to her.   She will nurture her cubs until they are between 16-18 months then, one night–most likely when they are sleeping, she will simply take off and leave them on their own. _DSC0053

 

 

Equator and 180 Degrees (what is a safari continued)

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It was a lot of fun crossing the equator.  It must be a psychological thing because its not like you really feel any different in the northern hemisphere vs. the southern hemisphere; however, it is fun to jump back and forth and imagine it makes a difference.   I’ve always enjoyed things like this.  Take for example the picture below: I was standing on the 180 degree of longitude (also called the International Dateline).   Instead of jumping between hemispheres, one can jump from one day to the next and back again.  I was in the Fiji Islands (I think it was just two years ago by the look of the photo) and so every day was a pretty good one. Still, I jumped back and forth anyway–going from a Tuesday to a Wednesday and back again, as I remember.

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