MOTHER CHEETAH YAWNS BESIDE CUB IN SOUTH AFRICA.
TO MATCH FEATURE ENVIRONMENT-CHEETAHS - A mother cheetah yawns beside one of
her young cubs at the De Wildt Cheetah centre in South Africa June 12, 2003
which has just launched a nationwide census to find the number of the
endangered big cats living wild in South Africa. Using radio collars,
cameras, aircraft and DNA testing, the survey is the first comprehensive
study of any country's cheetah population, says Ann van Dyk, who started the
De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust 32 years ago. The De Wildt is the only
approved cheetah breeding centre in the world. The census is expected to
take between five and eight years to complete.Picture taken June 12, 2003.
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