Animals

By Lauren Campbell

See the captivating stages of a Cheetah stalking its prey to entering a full-throttled footrace with a pacey Gazelle.

Photographer, Keith Crowley, 56, from Hudson, Wisconsin in the US travelled to the Ndutu plains in Tanzania last month with the hope of capturing the endangered big cat.

PIC BY Keith R. Crowley/ Caters News 

A mother Cheetah stalks, chases and kills a female Thompson’s gazelle but the carcass was later stolen from the mouths of her cubs by Spotted Hyenas.

PIC BY Keith R. Crowley/ Caters News – The gazelle sprinting as fast as it can, flying through the air.

Keith said: “It was thrilling to see the raw speed and stealth of such iconic animals.

PIC BY Keith R. Crowley/ Caters News – The Cheetah chasing the gazelle.

“I saw two other kills before this one, but this is the only one where the gazelle ran towards me, it was incredible.

“Cheetahs are in a precarious situation right now as their habitat dwindles and I went to Ndutu specifically to see them in their natural element before they are gone.

PIC BY Keith R. Crowley/ Caters News 

“Witnessing four different kills, and the interaction between the cubs was an unforgettable experience.

PIC BY Keith R. Crowley/ Caters News – The Spotted Hyena steals the gazelle from the Cheetah.

“I feel incredibly lucky to have seen the things I saw in Tanzania.”