Cheetahs reside in small, isolated groups in the sub-Saharan part of Africa. In 1900, there were an estimated 100,000 cheetahs. Today the population has shrunk to an estimated 9,000-12,000. Listed as vulnerable by the World Conservation Union's (IUCN's) Red List of Threatened Animals
, most of the population are in eastern and southern African parks.
As part of National Geographic's
November series, "Cheetahs on the Edge", a video crew from National Geographic visited the Cincinnati Zoo to capture the majestic creature on film.
According to GrindTV
, the film crew used a Phantom
camera set at 1200 frames per second. The resulting video was able to capture the athleticism of the big cat, along with every nuance of muscle movement and determined eyes.