Large numbers of grazing animals support numerous and diverse populations of predators.
We saw several prides of lions in our stay on the Mara, including the Maasai Marsh Pride, stars of BBC TV Big Cat Diary. In 2015, news broke of the poisoning of members of the Pride. To escape conflict, they moved into an adjoining reserve. That shows the value of private reserves as a backup for national sites. The photos below are of various prides from several locations.
A Cheetah is the fastest land animal, capable of 80 - 128 km/h (50 - 80 mph), and has several adaptations for speed, including a light build, long thin legs and a long balancing tail.
The Cheetahs below are 'the three brothers', stars of various TV programmes. In fact there was a cameraman parked watching this group, camera ready to roll, while we were there.
These are but a few of the photos of carnivores I collected on this trip. I look at the low resolution pictures taken on a Panasonic FZ38 with teleconverter and wish I had then had a better camera. But the photos bring back powerful memories and, I hope, show you something of the magic of the Mara.