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