19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
All legs off ground cheetah impala chase.

In Kenya's Masai Mara, Olare Orok Conservancy, a female cheetah provided impala for her four cubs. She usually killed a male impala, which our Maasai guide said was one ousted from being a herd dominant male by a younger male. On its own away from a herd, and consequently having fewer eyes around to detect danger, the lone males were more frequently taken. She kills three male impala during the week we were there.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Clare Orok Conservancy, Kenya
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Verne Lehmberg