Being at a distinct disadvantage in size and weight compared to the larger cats, the female Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) has to be particularly adept at keeping her young family well clear of any danger. This female had taken up position with her 3 young ones, on an embankment overlooking a large plain in the Mkuze Falls private reserve. Although the cubs were definitely relaxed and comfortable, the mother never dropped her guard, constantly keeping a keen eye on her surroundings. This moment of tender reassurance captured so beautifully her incredible care and attention.

Mkuze Falls Private Reserve, South Africa

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at

View Full Profile


  • NorwegianAngel
    NorwegianAngelover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot! Cheetahs are such beautiful and elegant animals.

  • Dan MacKenzie
    Dan MacKenzieover 4 years ago

    Thanks! There definitely is something just magical about the sleek elegance of these gorgeous cats.

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Beautiful story telling shot and wonderful lighting! : )

  • I was so fortunate to simply be in the right place at the right time. I could see the picture coming and mom and baby just so beautifully obliged.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Magaret.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Paulo van Breugel
    Paulo van Breugelover 4 years ago


  • Thanks Paulo

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 4 years ago

    Marvelous behavioural capture Dan, well done!

  • Thanks Konstantinos. I fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • grsphoto
    grsphotoover 4 years ago


  • Thanks much!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Congratulations, Dan! This superb image has been chosen to be among the new set of featured images by our current featured artist Mamba.

  • Thanks so much!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 2 years ago


    Click Banner to see all today’s Features

  • Thanks so much Laura!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • virginian
    virginianover 2 years ago

    Great capture of beauty. Congrats on your features.

  • Thank you so much Judy!

    – Dan MacKenzie

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.