I have had a love affair with Cheetahs since I was a young girl it was one one the few things that my father and I were able to bond over. We would watch all available nature shows that featured them, read magazine articles together, and play games pretending that we had been Cheetahs in a previous life.
The Cheetah’s magnificence, speed, and elegance still enthrall me. And it breaks my heart that they too are falling victim to our planets ever growing list of almost extinct animals. When I saw the photograph and story below, I had to share it. Thank you, @FransLanting.
Photograph courtesy of @FransLanting, Instagram via National Geographic.
“You’re looking at one of the rarest mammals on earth—the Iranian cheetah, which I was privileged to document on assignment for National Geographic. Fewer than 100 survive in the wild. You might think that this creature looks like any other cheetah you may have seen in Africa. Iran’s cheetahs manage to survive under totally different circumstances. They’re specialists of bone-dry deserts where they survive by hunting wild sheep and goats. They’re on the brink of extinction, but a small group of dedicated scientists and conservationists in Iran are doing what they can to guarantee a future for these amazing animals. Follow me @FransLanting for more images and stories about the world’s big cats.”