19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mom and Me

Luluka the leopard and her cub share an affectionate moment. We had seen Luluka with her cub the previous evening (our first evening) at the Masai Mara. A very early morning drive back meant we were there as they woke up to the day. Amidst all the play and goofing around was this tender moment, its warmth matched by the rays of the morning sun.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Copyright: © Nagaraj Balasubramanian