Cheetah: “Alright Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my close-up”
As if she was channelling Gloria Swanson, this gorgeous cheetah posed laying down and looking over her shoulder for me at the Aquila Safari Lodge yesterday. But, just as Ms. Swanson did to Cecil B. DeMille, she made me wait until she was good and ready to do so.
Have a look at the iconic Swanson portrait that appeared in Vanity Fair back in 1924 and tell me I’m wrong.
The cheetah is the first part of the Lodges’ cheetah breeding programme, and will soon be joined by others at the Reserve as they attempt to start a breeding programme for these magnificent creatures.
The reserve also houses a small group of lions rescued from canned hunting practices, and these are presently in rehabilitation, together with a leopard that is also being rehabilitated.