Klaus Tiedge's Cheetah Collection
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. If you have something to add please feel free to start up a conversation in the comment section at the bottom of this page. These are the Cheetahs of Africa.
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 Cheetahs 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. Many cheetah conservation projects are in place to protect the remaining cheetah populations.
While on our last trip to Kenya we had a chat to Dr. Elena V. Chelysheva of the Mara Meru Cheetah Project to learn a little more about we can do. We managed to get a great interview with her – there will be an article on this later this year. In the mean time you can get more information on this project here: http://marameru.org/
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? Cheetahs have up to 2000 spots on their body. If you want to know more facts about Cheetahs read up tons of information on Wikipedia.
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.
The two most common types of cheetah pictures are Mothers with Baby Cheetahs and Groups of Male cheetahs. Below are some images from my Cheetah limited Edition Prints and also Open Edition Prints as well as Cheetah Gifts.
Limited Edition Cheetah Prints by Klaus Tiedge
In the Pride of Africa Collection the Brotherhood group of images is the largest of one collection. Cheetah males are highly sociable despite having their territories and come together to hunt. These groups of male cheetahs are known as a coalition.
The following Images are all of the Cheetah Brotherhood Collection. You can click on any image to read the back story and see available Print sizes.
The three brother cheetahs gathering on an elevation before their morning hunt. One of them getting up and observing the land below.
Three cheetah brothers lying in the tall grass on elevated land, overlooking the land. Smooth sky and natural colour palette is giving this artwork its unique touch. A decorative piece that works with many interior styles.
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.
Pictures of Baby Cheetahs (Limited Edition Prints)
Precious and famous cheetah mother Malaika portrays for this breathtaking photograph. While she sits proudly, three of her cubs are jumping and cuddling her from the front and back. Proud and Joy as every mother can relate to!
This image is known as Innocent Pride 2. Cheetah mother captured in a beautiful scene in Kenya, while her five cubs are playing around and climbing a dead tree next to her.
This image is called Vigilance 2.
In this video I tell the back story of the image alongside: Vigilance 2. Two Cheetah brothers on a termite hill in the Maasai Mara.
Open Edition Cheetah Prints by Klaus Tiedge
Below are a collection of my open edition prints. Because there is no limit to the number of prints the prices are lower and these images can be used in other applications such as bags and pillows for example.
These Cheetah prints are from the “white collection”.
I really hope you enjoyed seeing some insight into my cheetah collection. Please leave a comment or a personal story of your favourite cheetah encounter below. I’d love to connect with you.
With Kind regards