I took a picture of a cheetah at Mkhuze Game Reserve posing as a ‘security guard’, as we were parked at one of our management gates. We were waiting for colleagues during a game-capture operation, but I must confess we were actually about to take a little bathroom break in the bush when we noticed the little, spotted face pop up from the grass. Oops, close call.
(The grass is also long and thick at present, thanks to fantastic recent rains.)
This young male is one of several cheetahs in this section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and due to their endangered status we place tracking collars on them to enable active monitoring, which is done every day by Wildlife ACT. Posing at the right time in the right spot gives him the air of authority every cheetah should have.
Thanks for sharing iSimangaliso’s photo on Twitter @SACLMAG. (edited)