Cheetah, Masai Mara, Kenya (6/2017)
Cheetahs are not easy to see on safari but the Masai Mara is one of the best places to see them. As we left the Mara conservancy on 6/26/17 and made our way into the Mara, our guide TJ took us to areas on the edge of the Mara triangle where the grass was short with large populations of Thomson's gazelle the favorite prey for Cheetah. After quite a bit of searching we found these 5 cheetah brothers resting near some shrubs. TJ said their mother has recently left them since they were old enough to hunt on their own.
Although the brothers were resting we did get to see interesting behavior like these brothers nuzzling.
During our time in the Mara triangle we did see a few more solitary cheetah resting. However, the ultimate thrill was seeing this male stalk and then make a run at prey as we left the Masai Mara on 6/30/17. We ended up seeing this because TJ stopped to help a vehicle that was stuck in the mud while many other vehicles just passed by without helping. Right after that we got to see one of the highlights of the entire trip!