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Kalahari lioness

Kalahari lioness
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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: 2009-09-18
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 18-200mm F3.5 - 6.3 DC OS
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-12 1:05
Viewed: 2694
Points: 8
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Photo taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

Kalahari Lions

The Kalahari lions are not a subspecies of their own, but just particularly well adapted to the desert ecosystem. For example, their fur is lighter than that of lions elsewhere and is an excellent camouflage.

Kalahari lions can go for weeks without drinking water and survive on very few prey. In the vast desert they must fight harder for their food than in other regions, because stalking is made more difficult by the open territory.

Lions reproduce from the age of three years on. They don't have a seasonally determined breeding time, but mate as soon as the female is sexually mature. Gestation takes 105 days. Usually two or three cubs are born. Under the hard living conditions of the Kalahari, mortality amongst the cubs is very high.

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is known to be the best game reserve in South Africa for lion watching.

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Hallo Peter
Thanks for sharing this Kalahari lioness with us. It almost looks as if she is expecting the way her belly hangs to the ground. Although your main subject is the animal, I must admit that your background and the surrounding in which you captured the lioness has more than an attraction to my eye than the lion itself. The beautiful sight of all those 100's of blossoming yellow flowers in the background is just so lovely to look at. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.


A good side lighting shot. I also like your POV and subject choice. The sharpness is a little off as the subject is blurred. The lioness looks like she is on the move - may be a big contributor to this effect. Do you use a beanbag or some form of tripod when shooting in the Kgalagadi?


Hello Peter,
What a beautiful animal. Great detail and sharpness in this image. I like the sparkle in her eyes. She looks weel fed and one day I will also be able to visit Kgalagadi. Very well done and thanks for sharing.

Excellent capture and very pleasing with the flowers forming a haloe around her. Interesting note. TFS.

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