Taken at the DeWildt Cheetah Research Center, South Africa August 31st, 2008
Wild cheetahs have a perilously shallow gene pool. So much so that conservationists worry that a single disease could wipe out all the remaining wild cheetahs. Fortunately, there a few places that run active cheetah breeding programs in order to diversify the cats’ DNA. I was lucky enough to visit the DeWildt Cheetah Center at a time when they had a few young cubs on hand. Imagine my delight in being able to see these adorable youngsters from only a few inches away as they jumped and pounced and played as only kittens can.