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Tommys on cheetah alert in the Serengeti When herds of gazelles are all facing the same direction, ears pointed forward, it is a pretty strong clue that danger is near. In this case two cheetahs are spotted very close by. Given the explosive speed of cheetahs, gazelles know to keep a large gap before running away.  Africa,Eudorcas thomsonii,Serengeti Central,Serengeti National Park,Serengeti area,Tanzania,Thomsons gazelle Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Tommys on cheetah alert in the Serengeti

When herds of gazelles are all facing the same direction, ears pointed forward, it is a pretty strong clue that danger is near. In this case two cheetahs are spotted very close by. Given the explosive speed of cheetahs, gazelles know to keep a large gap before running away.

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  1. Here's the danger:
    Cheetahs in the Serengeti Our first cheetah spotting in the Serengeti. They were quite far away, thus the photo is not great. I'm not sure about the family relation between these two, whether they are a couple or siblings. I can tell though that they were acting playfully. Acinonyx jubatus,Africa,Cheetah,Serengeti Central,Serengeti National Park,Serengeti area,Tanzania
    Posted 8 years ago

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The Thomson's gazelle is one of the best-known gazelles. It is named after explorer Joseph Thomson and is sometimes referred to as a "tommie". It is considered by some to be a subspecies of the red-fronted gazelle and was formerly considered a member of the genus ''Gazella'' within the subgenus ''Eudorcas'', before ''Eudorcas'' was elevated to genus status. Thomson's gazelles can be found in numbers exceeding 500 thousand in Africa and are recognized as the most common type of gazelle in East Africa.

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Jan 4, 2014. Captured Sep 3, 2013 08:39.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/6.3
  • 1/500s
  • ISO1000
  • 400mm