‘Scout’ – Masai Mara, Kenya

Size: Standard: 48” x 34” Large: 76”x52” (Framed)

Materials: Innova Etching 315 gsm cotton rag paper

    For me this image almost symbolises the Masai Mara, where, over the last 3 years, I have been lucky to spend so much of my time.

    The regions name derives from the two words; ‘Masai’, after the Maasai tribe – the areas ancestral inhabitants, and ‘Mara’, meaning spotted. The latter is perhaps confusing until you see the Mara from the air. It is covered in abandoned, now grass covered termite mounds, leaving the area looking, as the name suggests, spotted.

    These mounds provide the perfect vantage point for predators searching for their next meal, in this case a young male cheetah who, along with his brother, spent a couple of weeks patrolling the area around our camp.

    Much less territorial than their lion or leopard counterparts, the two cheetah were making the most of the short grass and abundant prey – the wildebeest migration was in town – and the pair were more than capable of pulling down young wildebeest between them. Forming a coalition, as these two had done, is vital in ensuring a higher chance of survival. Given they remain Africa’s most endangered big cat seeing them so regularly hunting and eating was a great sign.

    As with all images in this collection, 10% of the proceeds from this image will be split between David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Saving The Wild, my two partnered charities. It is thanks to the eorts of dedicated individuals and organisations like these that I, and many others, are able to still enjoy the incredible wildlife Africa has to oer. It is imperative to me therefore, that my images are able to help them achieve their missions and amplify their message.