Kenya – July 2012

In July I returned to one of my favourite places on earth, The Masai Mara in Kenya. There I spent three weeks with my good friend and guide Paul Kirui. We both share a love of the big cats and we hastily set off for a recently spotted cheetah with four cubs. Having the most amazing opportunity to photograph a cheetah mother with six cubs only last year, both Paul and I were keen to know whether it was the same mother. We can report that it is not, but another fine cheetah with four strapping cubs, all in very playful mood.  The mother with her six cubs has, for now at least, moved out of the Mara, so it was great to see her replaced by this family.

Cheetah mother with one of her four cubs

Another cheetah who goes by the name of Malaika, is the third generation of cheetahs that climb on vehicles to get a better lookout when a good termite mound is not available. This can be quite intimidating when you first experience it. As you can see from the picture below, I was very up close and personal!

Image taken with my canon 8-15mm fisheye lens

My guide Paul Kirui taking a picture of me capturing the above image.

If you would like to see some of my images from the trip then you can view them on the following link:

Roger Hooper – Kenya July 2012

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