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@@Geoff sad news about the cubs.

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I just saw this post and started to view some of the pics---amazing shots! Mine don't compare in quality or clarity but I think I have some good ones to share:

 

These lions are unusual in that I saw them in the Gir Forest of India---there are some differences with their African cousins including a flap of skin down the middle of their belly I was told. This was a number of years ago---you're not supposed to leave the road and not supposed to leave the vehicle (sound policy)...however, the guide leaped out armed with nothing but a large stick and I followed in hot pursuit without even thinking about what I was doing! In a minute we were just yards away from a pride of Asiastic lions ---I do think Indian lions have a reputation for being more tolerant of humans but nonetheless it was likely a stupid thing to do:

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@@gatoratlarge Interesting, what's the flap of skin for?

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And here are some of the African variety:

 

Some of the Four Musketeers near Governors Camp in the Mara

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Phinda in KwaZulu Natal-- the fixed stare of a lioness sends chills down your spine

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Bloodied muzzle in the Serengeti-- they were working on a fresh baby zebra kill

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Greetings

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Making the rounds on Chief's Island Botswana

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Safety in mom's arms

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Hunting mom's tail! Ruaha sand river bed

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Tree climbing lions at Lake Manyara, TZ

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After dawn in the Mara

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I think we were told this grimace is checking the air for a lioness in estrus -- elles in background

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This cub looks so innocent--I've seen enough documentaries to know a lion's life is a rough life!

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Male in Timbavati, SA

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Little cub is ready to roar

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Chief's Island -- she passed so close to the open vehicle, it was unnerving

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@@Geoff I'm not sure it serves any real purpose it just sort of hangs down a little bit farther than the surrounding skin. Divides them right in two...it's been a good while since I was there but it seemed most pronounced on the females if I remember correctly.

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Selinda, November 2016

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@@gatoratlarge - what month of the year did you visit Gir? and would 3 nights suffice to try and find some Lions? Thanks......

 

@bushdog - Mike, that's a mere snack for those two!!!

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@@madaboutcheetah I think three nights is good---I only spent two nights and it was a bit rushed but we found lions on three separate occasions. Here is the specific portion of my itinerary that references Gir:

 

May 17th: Mumbai – Rajkot – Gir. Board the early morning flight to Rajkot. Arrive at Rajkot and proceed on a drive to Gir National Park. Check in to your hotel upon arrival.
If you arrive in time, proceed for the afternoon safari into the Park.

May 18th: Gir. Covering an area of 1150 sq.km with 300 sq.km forming the core area of the National Park. The park offers many excellent drives through scenic areas. Earlier the royal hunting ground of the Nawab of Junagadh, Gir was later earmarked as a protected forest in 1975.

The main carnivores of the Gir are the Asiatic Lion, Leopard, Jungle Cat, Hyaena, Jackal, Mongoose, Civet Cat, and Ratel. Desert Cats and Rusty Spotted Cats are very rare. The main herbivores of the Gir are Chital, Nilgai, Sambar, Chousingha, Chinkara and Wild Boar. In the adjoining forest there is a small population of Blackbuck. Among the smaller mammals, Porcupine and Hare are common but the Pangolin is rare. The reptilian fauna is represented by Crocodile, the Star Tortoise, the Monitor Lizard and a number of species of snakes. Python is also found sometimes along the stream banks. Gir is the last bastion on earth for the wild Asiatic Lion.

Enjoy wildlife safaris’ into the park in the morning and afternoon.

May 19th: Sasan Gir – Diu – Nagpur. Check out from your hotel in the morning and drive to Diu airport to board early afternoon flight to Mumbai.

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@@gatoratlarge Interesting, what's the flap of skin for?

 

I don't think it serves a purpose. It's often been mentioned as a difference between African and Asiatic lions, however, this lap is regularly present in male African lions too, most visible when they haven't eaten a while.

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Some recent discussion on this guy in a TR.


Ginger, Sept' 2016. Unfortunately about as active as I saw him. He is an usually coloured cat.


Apparently he and Garlic are about 9 years old and currently control 4 prides.


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Nice one Geoff ! Controls 4 prides!

 

No wonder he sleeps between visits!!!

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Hi Guys,

Some amazing photos here,

Thought I would share one of mine too!

This one is from MasaiMara near the Keekorok region from 2015

Wonder if anyone can identify him, he is missing a ear and a canine tooth.

 

 

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Friend to the ladies seen earlier in the thread.

 

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Okondeka waterhole, Etosha National Park

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Taken in the Olare Motoragi Conservancy, Kenya a coupleof weeks ago. This lion goes by the mname of Lipstick due I think to the small growth below his nose.

 

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Nikon D7200, 80-400mm lens @350mm. ISO 8000, f/5.6, 1/250 sec. Minor processing in Lightroom and converted using Silver Efex Pro

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My faves from my Tanzania trip in 2015

 

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I thought this one was funny. How lazy can you get, just wizzing in bed :lol:

 

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Masai Mara National Reserve - March 2017 - for some reason the area between the Talek River and Lookout has become a war zone for big male lions and their pride. Starting with 4 young blond invaders from the south -- "the Vikings", with Loki - the devious who is clearly the naughty boy. The Vikings drove of Long-face (one of the Notch Brothers) from his pride of 9 (3 adult female, 4 large male cubs and 2 young ones).

 

We found Long-face just inside the Explorer camp:

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The 9 were on the run from the Vikins and other large males, but seemingly thriving:

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Loki (sporting a fresh wound from a female) and the other 3 Vikings, were seen running away from their new teritory:

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Why -- Scarface and his brother Morani decided to cross the Talek and pay the territory a visit - staying only one night; their presence seemed to clam thing down:

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Too the south of Lookout - NotchII and Caesar were also in fine form:

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Blackie and Lipstick (always eating) are thriving in the north of the Masai Mara NR above DoubleCross:

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And, Shambi and Samir/Box-nose pay the Ol Keju Ronkai River a visit, stealing food from a pair of younger male lions:

 

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And then Loki returns with his brothers and a captive female:

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Same fellow as in post #513 of this thread. Just playing (me, not him) with B&W:

 

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I just sits

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IN SEARCH OF A SUPER PRIDE, RUAHA N.P. TANZANIA. JULY 2016.

As a wild cat enthusiast (large & small) I have observed a significant number of lions in the wild at a variety of locations in recent years, but as yet have never seen a large pride together. A three night stay at Namiri Plains (southern Serengeti) prior to arriving in Ruaha delivered 25 individual lions, but in small fragmented groups over a wide area and our guide would not commit himself to which pride or prides some of them belonged. Therefore the largest pride I had seen together before visiting Ruaha was one of seven, 1 male, 3 females and 3 young cubs in the Linyanti region of Botswana. Although I wanted to visit Ruaha for many reasons the chance of observing a large pride was a significant draw, this seemed a strong possibility when one considered the parks reputation for large lion prides.

Day 1 despite staying out all day and covering most of the area south of The Great Ruaha River didn't produce a single lion sighting. (Plenty of other wonderful experiences however). On day 2 we left camp at 05.00 and at 06.30 at last located some lions, the Bushbuck Pride and observed 13 adults, 4 males and 9 females. All were either young or mature adults.Three of the males appeared to be younger than the females with less well developed manes than I have seen elsewhere. No cubs or juveniles were observed, this I found rather strange with so many adult females about, had there been a recent pride takeover? Two of the males had not been seen by our experienced guide before and he felt they were probably nomadic from a pride across the river the members of which were not normally seen so far south. He also made us aware that additional females did have cubs but during our observation period they were not seen, the total pride size with cubs was apparently 22. The lions were all located within an area of around 1/2 a square mile in lightly wooded savanna but once again in fragmented groups.(see image 8, typical habitat). Three of the males were with females and showing signs of mating activity. Since returning home our guide has emailed me to say several cubs have been born recently into the pride and two of the adult males we saw have not been seen lately. Mission accomplished, not quite!, a good excuse to continue the search to observe an active super pride!

Settings: Close ups 400mm, others around 240mm. ISO 100/200 (A). f/5 to f/10. 1/320 to 1/500. All as taken, some slight cropping. Images 1-4 are of the same male and female, images 5-14 are of other individual lions and include the other three males.

The attached images which appear in the order taken were captured during the hour we spent in total isolation with this wonderful pride of lions.

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These may not be lions of the wilds of Africa or Asia, but if it wasn't for those in zoos I'd never get to see a lion, besides what's on TV, until I finally am able to afford a trip to Africa. If these aren't allowed please remove. Otherwise enjoy the few lions I do get to enjoy at my local zoological park.

 

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Male Lion at Brookfield Zoo Oct 2016

 

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Male lion at Lincoln Park Zoo Oct 2016

 

I was so amazed at how relaxed they were with the cold if anyone knows Chicago in the Fall it's not exactly warm. I believe they did leave the doors open in case they wanted to be inside instead, but as you can see with the top photo; he seemed to be totally unfazed.

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LION CUB IMAGES. LEBALA CAMP, BOTSWANA. JULY 2014.

The following images were taken near Lebala Camp, Linyanti, Botswana in mid July 2014. Within 5 minutes of leaving camp at 06.00 a significant disturbance took place about 400 yards in front of our vehicle, clouds of dust and lions roaring. As we approached it was evident 2 nomadic males had attacked the local pride male. He was battered, bloodied but alive. The new kids on the block however were clearly in charge. We followed  one of the 'brothers' for a considerable distance before he retired under a bush, to enjoy the what we thought was the remains of a normal kill. On closer inspection it turned out to be a young lion cub. (Images taken too gruesome to submit, but do record completely natural lion behaviour). Moving on somewhat subdued we located a clan of spotted hyena squabbling over a kill, which turned out to be an aardvark, our only sighting of this species to date! This was certainly turning out to be an interesting morning!  Eventually we located the other members of the lion pride, 2 lionesses, 2 juveniles and 2 cubs, our guide informed us one cub was missing. We had earlier clearly witnessed the start of a pride takeover and an act of infanticide. The images attached are of one of the cubs that took a particular interest in a rock before resting on the opposite side of the termite mound. Regrettably it is highly unlikely that this wonderful cub  would have survived the continued takeover, optimistic fingers crossed. 

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Forgot to tick the Notify me of replies on the article above. Always pleased to know if members like the images.

Need to be careful in the future. Slight difference to old reply method, otherwise great upgrade, my images certainly load much faster.  J.W.

 

Forgot to mention we broke down whilst observing the pride, 15 yards from the lions, had to be towed to safer ground to afford a repair! 

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Lady Lioness

 

Photographed at 4:04 pm on 6 February, 2014 in Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, using an EOS 1D X camera and an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens.

 

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A returning pair of lions was effusively greeted by their pride, who were stretched out beneath the limited shade offered by several bushes. We observed them for half an hour.

 

This lioness endured a battalion of flies who made her face their campground. Her beauty and stoicism made a lasting impression, as shown in this portrait.

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Lionesses with their kill, Erindi private game reserve, Namibia. 

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~ @The_Norwegian

 

That's about as graphic of a post-kill image as one might imagine.

 

Excellent detail of shaded subjects.

 

The thorny dry branches on the right are a pleasing contrast.

 

I love this photograph!

 

Tom K.

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