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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Exercising a Captive Cheetah

The Ann Van Dyke Cheetah Center in South Africa has a number of cheetahs used for captive breeding. To stay healthy and happy, cheetahs need to run. So they have devised a clever system using a lure coursing system of a bag (the prey) on a rapidly moving cable stretched out over a field to exercise their cats. Here one of them takes off after the "prey".

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Hartebeespoort, South Africa
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Kimberly Henneman