A young elephant nuzzles its mother during a visit to the drought-depleted Zambezi riverbed.
For a [female] cheetah the real danger is not losing a kill but losing her cubs. Ninety-five percent of cheetah cubs die before reaching independence. Hyenas kill them out of hunger, lions apparently out of bad habit. ... Female cheetahs deal with the threat by constantly moving, preferably before their rivals even know they're around. They coexist as phantom species, slipping into temporary vacancies between prides of lions and packs of hyenas."
South Georgia Island has king penguins, and, in this location, there is a colony of a quarter million of the wonderful, colorful animals. Here a mother king penguin guided her chick, which still sports its somewhat comical-looking baby feathers.
Taken on a recent trip to the Masai Mara in September of 2009.
A kangaroo mum with her baby in the pouch. Taken at Hanging Rock, outside Melbourne, Australia.
Solstice is the name of the new baby giraffe at the St. Louis Zoo. It was born in December, on winter solstice. I was hoping for a shot of baby and mom nuzzling. While I waited (for almost two hours), the zookeeper told me I might never get a shot of that. I did, finally, get this shot, which I really like. Solstice is three months old in this shot.
"Jaws that can crush a backbone become a tender conveyance as Sita totes a cub to a new den, a constant chore to safeguard her young from leopards, wild dogs, and other tigers. Hiding cubs well is critical, since she may be away hunting for 24 hours or more. Sita is living proof that this endangered species can flourish if only given enough room and enough prey."