Dec 222017
 
POLL: Should the Cheetah be classified as "Endangered"?

A group of passionate scientists have come together to demand that the International Union for Conservation of Nature list the cheetah as endangered. Researchers with the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative released a new study in the journal PeerJ on December 11 with updated numbers of the cheetah population in southern Africa—the biggest of […]

Feb 042015
 
New photos offer rare glimpse of the mysterious Saharan Cheetah

The Saharan cheetah is one of the world’s rarest big cats. At face value, that isn’t all that surprising. Deserts are harsh environments that support few large herbivores, which means there are even fewer carnivores around. But if we’ve learned anything about ecology, it’s that healthy ecosystems require the survival of apex predators; they keep […]

Dec 162013
 
86 percent of big animals in the Sahara Desert are extinct or endangered

Bigger than all of Brazil, among the harshest ecosystems on Earth, and largely undeveloped, one would expect that the Sahara desert would be a haven for desert wildlife. One would anticipate that big African animals—which are facing poaching and habitat loss in other parts of the world—would thrive in this vast wilderness. But a new […]

Oct 292013
 
Cheetahs’ Iranian revival cheers conservationists

Asiatic cheetahs, a subspecies of the fastest animal on earth, are extinct everywhere except in Iran, where they are considered to be critically endangered. But marking a rare success, conservationists at the Persian wildlife heritage foundation (PWHF) have spotted a group of five Asiatic cheetahs (also known as Iranian cheetahs) – a mother with four […]

Aug 212013
 
Doi Inthanon

My trip to Thailand has been spent mostly with the family, which together with adverse rainy-season weather has left little time for photography. However I did get the family together for a quick day trip to Doi Inthanon, and the weather cooperated nicely. I had a quick look at Checkpoint 2, where a group of […]

Jul 272013
 
Cheetah don’t overheat during hunts

In a 4,500 hectare cheetah rehabilitation camp in the middle of Namibia, researchers observe the large, spotted carnivores as they readjust to wild life. This week one such researcher, physiologist Robyn Hetem from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, used her observations to disprove a theory about cheetah that has been treated as common […]

Mar 062013
 
Asiatic cheetahs: on the road to extinction?

Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are unique among large cats. They have a highly specialized body, a mild temperament, and are the fastest living animals on land. Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, the Asiatic subspecies, is unique among cheetahs and the only member of five currently living subspecies to occur outside of Africa. Listed as Critically Endangered on the […]

Dec 062012
 
Speed...

The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), fastest land animal on the planet. But is it quick enough to outrun its impending extinction in the wild? Mashatu, Botswana. Nikon D4. Nikon 200-400 mm. ISO 100. f 27 @ 1/15 sec. Lexar Media. with Mashatu & Journeys Unforgettable Photographic Workshops © Dana Allen www.photosafari-africa.net www.facebook.com/DanaAllenPhotoSafari