Wildlife photography of a mother Cheetah and four near-adult cubs resting on the savannah

A mother Cheetah and her four almost grown cubs rest in the savannah heat before their next chase. With their long legs and powerful chest, cheetahs are built for speed and are the world’s fastest mammal. Unlike most cats which hunt at night, Cheetahs are more active during the morning and evening hours. Because of this, the black tear-like markings running from the inside corner of their eyes benefit the cats by reducing glare like the black marks football players apply under their eyes. The markings also serve as a kind of gunsight, helping Cheetahs “aim” at prey while running at top speed.