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|Panthera leo |
Lions once lived in southern Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia. Today, however, they are confined mainly to the game reserves of Africa, with a few still living in the Gir Forest of India.
An adult male can be 2.4 m long and weigh as much as 238 kg. The female is smaller and lacks the males heavy mane. Lions live in open country, in groups known as prides, consisting of from 6 to 30 members headed by one or two mature males. They hunt co-operatively and, while the females are better hunters and do most of the work bringing down the prey, the males eat first, followed by the females, and lastly the cubs get their share. Lions prey mostly on hoofed animals, although they occasionally consume fallen fruit.
The initial charge of the lion only lasts for 50 to100 m, and if the target is quick enough to keep ahead of the predator for that distance, the lion usually abandons the attempt. Lions spend about 20 hours of each day doing absolutely nothing.
Photo taken in Lisbonīs Zoo
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- [2006-01-22 16:18]
good zoo shot..i would have cropped and cloned the brickwork...otherwise you are really stuck with zoo furniture
best colour and sharpness i have seen for some time...
a classic lion shot..
simba is composed, purposeful, confident, and perhaps hungry.