With the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3 seconds and maintain speeds as high as 70 miles per hour, cheetahs could easily keep up with your car on the freeway. Yet, their speed and agility haven't freed them from the threats facing wildlife today.
Over the past 100 years, the wild cheetah population has taken a major blow. From about 100,000 in the 1900s, the cheetah population in Africa has dropped to an estimated 9,000 to 12,000 today due to habitat loss, trophy hunting and the illegal wildlife trade.
There are a few sparse populations living in the wild outside of Africa, but they are few and far between. There are less than 200 wild cheetahs remaining in all of Iran, according to Defenders of Wildlife.
In his photos, Wolhuter demonstrates a better way to enjoy wild animals. He admires the beauty of wildlife while never endangering it.
Of course, not just anyone could do what Wolhuter did in these photos. (Selfies, in particular, are ill-advised for almost anyone.) Dealing with wildlife requires a sense of calm and a great deal of patience. But Wolhuter has had plenty of experience in potentially life-threatening scenarios.