Wednesday Cat Blogging: King Cheetah


My best photograph of a cheetah.

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I took this photo of a cheetah at De Wildt’s in South Africa. It is a “King Cheetah.” Although there was a period of time when some thought the King was a new subspecies of cheetah, it turns out to be a simple color morph. Although this was taken with a zoom lens, it was not set on telephoto … In fact, I had to wipe the breath of the cat off the lens … (And I’m only slightly exaggerating).


  1. #1 John Lynch
    November 21, 2007

    That, my friend, is an excellent photo.

    And now my desktop.

  2. #2 ladysown
    November 23, 2007

    Nice picture, makes me wonder what he’s interested in.

  3. #3 greg laden
    November 23, 2007

    He’s looking directly at my daughter, who is, in turn staring directly back at him.

    I’ve taught her … never take your eyes off the carnivore….

  4. #4 Megan & Bad Kitty Cats
    November 24, 2007

    That is a fantastic Kitty Cat. Beautiful photograph. I do believe the cat, large and small, are one of the more perfect creatures around. Thanks for sharing Greg!

  5. #5 Nikita
    November 25, 2007

    Awww, such a cute widdle pussy tat! ;-D

  6. #6 Rahel
    November 26, 2007

    What a beautiful creature. All hail the king!

  7. #7 mom
    April 17, 2008


  8. #8 edward
    September 29, 2008

    nice pic Greg! I was searching for cheetah images to draw’em. just beautiful.

  9. #9 Jessie
    October 14, 2008

    Nice picture. Lots of negative space, but it adds to the image. My favorite animal of all time. Good job.

  10. #10 Mad Hussein LOLscientist, FCD
    October 14, 2008

    “Watchoo lookin’ at, foo’?” LOL!

  11. #11 Mad Hussein LOLscientist, FCD
    October 14, 2008

    p.s. Hi mom! =^..^=

  12. #12 anonymous
    August 9, 2009

    it looks almost like a leopard, looking at the coat color.. nice photo. šŸ™‚

  13. #13 Noah
    December 25, 2010

    Wow, no telephoto setting or long focal length lens? That is scary close. Big cats run rampant in Arizona as well. I’ve seen the occasional bobcat near the outskirts of Phoenix city limits in people’s backyards, then on the Apache reservation we have mountain lions that jump across the highway or you might unexpectedly encounter one while out fishing or looking for elk antlers or something. I have seen some big cats before, but I have never seen anything like this. Really cool pic.

  14. #14 carmen
    April 21, 2011