BY Lisa Lindblad
September 8, 2012
Swift, solitary, elegant, fragile. The cheetah is my favorite cat in Africa and one that I had the privilege of living with over the course of 18 months in the Serengeti in the 1970’s during the making of a film. They are still here, endangered as so much is; habitat is being destroyed, poaching is on the rise and the alarm bells are ringing loudly. We don’t seem to be able to turn this ship around.
The cheetah above was brought in to this reserve as a rescue and has been returned to the wild. She rides that fine line of knowing and trusting people yet having to determine who her friends are and who will harm her. She hunts for herself, but she is closely watched. Not collared or tagged, her life is lived on a hope and a prayer. Her presence is important. It provides the pleasure of seeing great beauty and supreme elegance while it also offers a constant reminder of the fragility of the species and the habitat in which she lives.