This is one of Amani's sub-adult cubs.
A short time after we landed in the Mara North Conservancy during this trip, we encountered Amani and her cubs on our way to camp.
This was the first of our three sightings of Amani and her cubs.
While sub-adult cheetahs quickly grow to the size of an adult cheetah, the distinctive feature which identifies a cub (either very young, or sub-adult) is the mantle -- the wild tuft of hair along the back of the head and neck.
The mantle serves two purposes: it assists in camouflage, and makes the cub resemble a honey badger, a species of animal most wildlife would happily avoid.