Masai Mara, Kenya - July 2017
This cheetah after marking it's territory on the background of the tree, he head for this hill, in order to scout a potential prey in the horizon.
This was with no doubt an inexperienced young cheetah, given that brief moments after this photo was taken, he tried to invest on a family of warthogs, ending up running away from them, in a comic reversal of roles!
Sadly, this majestic cat, is dangerously close to extinction as you have less than 8.000 in the wild.
According to an investigation led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the latest cheetah census suggests that the big cats, which are already few in number, may decline by an additional 53 percent over the next 15 years, occupying 9% of the territory they once lived in.
These scary numbers are enhanced by habitat loss, human conflicts, high mortality rate among cubs and most serious of all, illegal trade...yes, you did not misunderstood...the fastest animal on earth ends up into a cage in some garage or in a luxurious living room.
Patricia Tricorache, who investigates the illegal trade for the Namibia-based Cheetah Conservation Fund, told National Geographic’s Wildlife Watch last year that She has documented 250 cases involving a thousand illegally traded cheetahs since 2005.
Many cheetah populations have fewer than a hundred of cats, so taking just one of them can reduce that population’s viability.