"The Matriarch" - Cheetah with 5 cubs in the Masai Mara

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    A rare photo opporunity in many ways...mama Cheetah on the look out for nearby lions...5 surviving cubs at about 4 weeks of age...wonderful light due to high clouds...smooth background...likly a once in a lifetime photo for me...the odds of seeing this again are 1 in a million. Photo taken in thee Masai Mara, Kenya Africa.

    This photo captured with:

    - Canon 1DX
    - Canon 800mm lens
    - f/11 800s ISO 1250
    - A hell of a lot of luck!

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    1. Ioan BACIVAROV Photography 8 months ago | reply

      Wonderful photo! Selected for my galleries of special photos

    2. artattackcat ~ Cat Kindsfather 6 months ago | reply

      Wonderful!!! :)

      This truly is a Sacred Nature shot!

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    3. Howard Brodsky 6 months ago | reply

      UNBELIEVABLE PHOTOGRAPH AND POST WORK !!!!!!!!……...WHAT AN IMAGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    4. supercoops 6 months ago | reply

      As good as David Attenborough

    5. Elisa Nathalie 4 months ago | reply

      Such an amazing picture!

    6. Stephen Setukavala 2 months ago | reply

      Beautiful picture!

    7. coyrooster 2 months ago | reply

      For the moment they are motionless. They are bathed in light as precious as gold possibly as a reminder that cheetahs are the fastest runners on earth, depicted here in slow motion, and they face serious threats in their race for survival.

      The mortality of cheetah cubs is rated at 50 to 75 percent within months after birth [cite] due to weakness and disease from loss of genetic diversity plus predation by lions, leopards, hyenas, African Wild Dogs and raptors. Beyond that they are vulnerable to kidnapping for illegal sale in the exotic pet trade for as much as $10,000 apiece in a growing Arabian market according to a report released in July 2014.

      We can only hope and pray these five cubs survived since this extraordinary photograph was made 30 months ago. At the very least it documents and celebrates the new life of five precious predators under the guardianship of their magnificent mother. It is a moment that may go down in history, not as a foreboding but as a harbinger of golden days to come for the most supreme sprinters in the world, incredible cats without equal. Bravo, bravo.

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    8. Ania.Photography 4 weeks ago | reply

      Fantastic shot of this beautiful cheetah family Stephen! The composition of the mom and her cubs and the golden light make this a spectacular image. Wildlife photos can't come much better than this!!!

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    9. Nick Boren Photography 4 weeks ago | reply

      Marvelous image Stephen.

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    10. Caz 71♥ 4 weeks ago | reply

      Revisiting this beauty, always loved this photo, beautifully done Stephen, those cubs are so cute!
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    11. max tuta noronha 4 weeks ago | reply

      The little one sitting down is mine.
      Please stay away from my cat.
      P.S.: You can keep the big one if you'd like.
      But remember to drink lot's of water, this guys are very fast.
      While you're at it, please remind Ania to be careful as well, since She likes this type of adventure.
      I don't like to shoot animals in the wild, I know that they'd like me as a meal.
      bla bla bla bla bla...
      Beautiful shot.
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    12. ~anup PHOTOGRAPHY~ 2 weeks ago | reply

      wildlife photography at its best...beautiful capture

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    13. Radianman 크래그 2 weeks ago | reply

      What a spectacular image!

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