Wildlife photographer of the month – Klaus Tiedge

Have you enjoyed the amazing photography popping up across our social media channels, courtesy of Klaus Tiedge? We hope you’ve loved seeing them as much as we have loved sharing them! If you missed it here’s a roundup of all of the images, along with  some of Klaus’s stories about his cheetah encounters. Enjoy!

I have spent a lot of time with cheetahs on my trips to Namibia and Kenya. Some of the best highlights of my wildlife photography career, thus far, have involved cheetahs and quite often cheetah cubs. Seeing Malaika (the famous cheetah mother) on numerous occasions with different sets of cubs over the years has afforded my Fine Art collection an array of baby cheetah pictures.

In this article I’d like to share some facts that I’ve learnt from my African Safari adventures about the fastest cat on earth.

Cheetahs once roamed most of the African continent even stretching across the middle east into India. Sadly today there are only small concentrated areas of Namibia, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania where cheetah still roam free in their natural habitat.

A cheetah’s habitat is always best suited to wide open spaces where they can make use of their most famous trait – being the fastest land mammal. For this reason you will mostly find cheetahs in arid regions especially in places like the grasslands of the Kalahari Desert, the Maasai Mara and of course the Serengeti.

In 2016 it was estimated that about 7100 cheetahs were still left in the wild, with that number presumed to have dwindled since then.

The cheetah – fastest land mammal

So how fast are cheetahs? According to the researchers a cheetah can run 64 km/h. However when they accelerate in a hunting situation that can get up to 112 km/h for a short sprint. To get these speeds the cheetah is the most slender of the wild cats. Lions and even leopards are much heavier and broader than their speedy cousins.

I have been quite fortunate to see a couple of cheetah hunts. Most often the males will remain in small groups, usually brothers. Females are solitary and often migrate with their young ones. They will have 3-5 cubs in one pregnancy. As the survival rate of this nomadic lifestyle can be very difficult,  sometimes female cheetahs have had up to 8 cubs.

Did you know the word ‘cheetah’ derives from a Sanskrit word?

My cheetah fine art prints

Cheetahs are beautiful animals that have captured the hearts of millions of people. On Instagram the cheetah tags attract millions of hearts and it is no surprise that so many of my images are in fact cheetahs. Because they are most active in the day time I have spent much of the midday with them in Kenya and Namibia over the last few years.

As a Wildlife Photographer I’m used to sitting and waiting for hours for the right shot. Many of the big cats like lions and leopards can drive you nuts with their endless lazing around and sleeping. It’s no wonder they call it a cat-nap. Cheetahs on the other hand are always more active. Being day-active keeps them constantly alert and moving with the odd stop here and there. It’s never boring with cheetahs. Personally, I like a good challenge and so in a photographic battle of cheetah vs leopard my preference goes to the leopard, but this by no means detracts from the excitement of a perfect cheetah image.

I really hope you enjoyed seeing some insight into my cheetah collection.

Check out more of Klaus’s photography on his website, or watch his videos on his YouTube channel.

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