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African lion

African lion
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-14
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 APO DG OS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-17 2:14
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During our recent visit to Kruger National Park early one morning, we spotted this male lion and its kill, a buffalo. Apparently the buffalo was killed late the previous after noon. It had a calf that was running up and down, very bewildered, looking for its mother. What happened to the calf, I do not know. The photo is of the lion giving a big yawn.

African lion -Panthera leo
Lions are the only cats that live in groups, which are called prides. Prides are family units that may include up to three males, a dozen or so females, and their young. All of a pride's lionesses are related, and female cubs typically stay with the group as they age. Young males eventually leave and establish their own prides by taking over a group headed by another male.

Only male lions boast manes, the impressive fringe of long hair that encircles their heads. Males defend the pride's territory, which may include some 100 square miles (259 square kilometers) of grasslands, scrub, or open woodlands. These intimidating animals mark the area with urine, roar menacingly to warn intruders, and chase off animals that encroach on their turf.

Female lions are the pride's primary hunters. They often work together to prey upon antelopes, zebras, wildebeest, and other large animals of the open grasslands. Many of these animals are faster than lions, so teamwork pays off.

After the hunt, the group effort often degenerates to squabbling over the sharing of the kill, with cubs at the bottom of the pecking order. Young lions do not help to hunt until they are about a year old. Lions will hunt alone if the opportunity presents itself, and they also steal kills from hyenas or wild dogs.

Lions have been celebrated throughout history for their courage and strength. They once roamed most of Africa and parts of Asia and Europe. Today they are found only in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, except for one very small population of Asian lions that survives in India's Gir Forest.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-17 2:22]

Hello Peter
Another superb scene with king and its prey.
Thanks for sharing

Dear Peter,
This image is first class!!

The tired Lion after a big hunt! Quite often Lions get kicked badly by the Buffaloes, when they defend a calf, and this goes for hours, as I have seen in the south of the park...

You must be delighted with this great photo - ass seen on the walls in the Lodges in the Lowveld!

Congratulations and I add this great image to my favorites. Thank you for showing this on TrekNature.

Have a nice evening and a good week

Good Night and warm Regards

Hi Peter,

Appears to be a lion killed a buffalo, compared with the very large.
The timing of the viewing angle and with a very nice shot.
Thank you for sharing.

Best Regards

Another great shot from Africa. Great timing on the yawn. Just on thing; you should have krept in for a closer shot ;-) HA!

hi Thomas
i think you got lots of good shots at Kruger National Park
this is a very good shot great timing and details.

Bonjour Peter,
Très belle mais dure scène de la vie sauvage dans une bonne composition.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Fantastic Peter, what a shot!! As Ingrid says first class!! Very well done my friend and thanks for sharing.

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