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Leaning On Mom
Photograph by Anup and Manoj Shah

Protector, provider, and nurturer, a mother cheetah's life revolves around her cubs. Most cheetahs on East Africa's plains do not live to see adulthood, and it's mother's job to help her offspring beat the odds. Photographers Anup and Manoj Shah documented the growing family of one female cheetah (above, with first set of cubs) in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve. They call her Amani, the Swahili word for "peace."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS-1V
Film: Fujichrome  Provia 100F
Lens: 600mm
Speed and F-stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
Weather: Clear
Time of day: Dawn
Lighting: Natural light


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