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Posted 23 January 2017 - 03:13 AM
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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Posted 23 January 2017 - 03:35 AM
Some of the Four Musketeers near Governors Camp in the Mara
Phinda in KwaZulu Natal-- the fixed stare of a lioness sends chills down your spine
Bloodied muzzle in the Serengeti-- they were working on a fresh baby zebra kill
Making the rounds on Chief's Island Botswana
Safety in mom's arms
Hunting mom's tail! Ruaha sand river bed
Tree climbing lions at Lake Manyara, TZ
After dawn in the Mara
I think we were told this grimace is checking the air for a lioness in estrus -- elles in background
This cub looks so innocent--I've seen enough documentaries to know a lion's life is a rough life!
She doesn't want to share--giraffe carcass with not much left in South Luangwa
Male in Timbavati, SA
Little cub is ready to roar
Chief's Island -- she passed so close to the open vehicle, it was unnerving
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Posted 23 January 2017 - 03:40 AM
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Posted 23 January 2017 - 01:49 PM
@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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Botswana in my blood .......
Posted 23 January 2017 - 09:13 PM
@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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Posted 23 January 2017 - 10:38 PM
@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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Posted 24 January 2017 - 05:53 AM
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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Posted 24 January 2017 - 05:56 AM
Nice one Geoff ! Controls 4 prides!
No wonder he sleeps between visits!!!
Posted 24 January 2017 - 10:54 PM
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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Posted 15 February 2017 - 07:03 PM
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.
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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Posted 19 February 2017 - 01:44 AM
My faves from my Tanzania trip in 2015
I thought this one was funny. How lazy can you get, just wizzing in bed
Edited by monalisa, 19 February 2017 - 01:49 AM.
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Posted 26 March 2017 - 11:12 AM
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:
The 9 were on the run from the Vikins and other large males, but seemingly thriving:
Loki (sporting a fresh wound from a female) and the other 3 Vikings, were seen running away from their new teritory:
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:
Too the south of Lookout - NotchII and Caesar were also in fine form:
Blackie and Lipstick (always eating) are thriving in the north of the Masai Mara NR above DoubleCross:
And, Shambi and Samir/Box-nose pay the Ol Keju Ronkai River a visit, stealing food from a pair of younger male lions:
And then Loki returns with his brothers and a captive female:
Edited by ajm057, 26 March 2017 - 11:15 AM.
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