While visiting Mkuze Falls private reserve in South Africa, I had the fantastic priviledge of being taken out on my own by the ranger and tracker. We came across this female Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) and her 3 cubs enjoying the last light of day together, and for close to 45 minutes, she extended us the priviledge of sharing a little slice of her families life together. I think what amazed me most was the constant vigilance. Not for a moment did she seem to drop her guard or become unnecessarily distracted, her sole purpose being the care and protection of her young family.
Mkuze Falls reserve, South Africa