Big Cat Diary

The Spotted Sphinx

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A mother Cheetah with tiny and fluffy cubs ...

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An elegant tiptoe.

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If she had been a Masai bride looking back before departing, she might well be another spectacular rock in the Hell's Gate area!

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A lesson in purposeful strutting.

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A pointed look or a plea? "Please go away and let me hunt in peace!"

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Make way while the sun shines.

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"Ugh-growl, why do I have try so hard to keep my 'mini me' foursome together?!"

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The portrait of a lady.

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"Oh, there you are! Two down, two to go!"

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Scanning the evening horizon for potential food ...

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"Curiosity is our birthright! Why should we NOT follow you?"

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I wish it was as easy for other moms to become this lean and fit that quickly!

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Baby-sitting blues ...

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A catwalk on the savannah ramp!

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Decisions, decisions! This way or that?

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Home alone.

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She had come about 5 km thusfar in the neverending quest for food. More importantly, she had left her cubs behind while at work!

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Ah, the trials of a working mum!

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Crouching low and determined.

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Three steps forward, two steps back!

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Not spotted much so far. Pun unintended. Just one of those disappointing days.

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The Spotted Sphinx.

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Lithe and graceful, a cheetah on the move is the most beautiful sight in the world for me!

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Just before bidding adieu to her and savannah lane ...

Lions and Lionesses

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First encounter with a lion at the Mara.

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Lion on the lookout for its mate.

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The lion's mate.

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The scent of a female ...

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A lion's roar.

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Lioness near a buffalo she had hunted the night before.

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Lioness after mating.

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Lion after mating.

The Hunt

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The lionesses identify their target.

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This lioness watches the topi they seem to have agreed upon.

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The other lioness waits ...

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Silent lionspeak!

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Relay in the savannah.

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Tracking the topi.

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"Now, your turn!"

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Crouching lion, hidden topi!

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Lioness on the prowl.

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And, gotcha!

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Strangling the topi.

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"Hey, wait for me!"

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The fruits of teamwork.

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Time to call the rest of the pride.

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Still holding tight.

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Just making sure ...

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Time to let go.

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Waiting for the rest of the pride.

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"You go ahead and nibble ..."

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"Where is everyone?!"

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"What's taking them so long?"

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"I guess I'll just start without them."

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All paws aboard!

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Time to dig in.

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"I don't have much of an appetite after all!"

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"You kids have fun!"

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"Looks like we have company - the scavengers are here already!"

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Lion feeding frenzy in the savannah.

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That's all folks!

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