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TOP 7 PHOTOGRAPHS OF … LIONS

During this time of solitude and much needed safety measures, our team hope you’re all keeping safe & healthy.

Captured In Africa present some of our favourite photographs of LIONS. Wild and free, just as we like them to be. Lions are very dear to us, not only are they one of Africa’s top predators and famous worldwide, they’re extremely sociable – the only big cat in fact, who live in prides (groups). Lions have a unique dynamic. Whilst many people think of lions hunting and big mighty males, it’s actually the females who do the majority of the hunting of prey. Whilst the male lions hunt occasionally and protect the pride from outsiders.

There are plenty of reasons to keep lions around in the wild …and boy do they need our help.

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Image 1

Photographer: Drew Abrahamson, Captured In Africa

Location: Sand River, Kruger National Park

The relationship between mother and child is a special one. This bond is created from birth and lasts until the youngling will likely leave the pride to start a family of their own. Here, you see that bond manifest itself in a stern look to her cub, who had wandered off for but a moment. One look can say a whole lot!

Image 2

Photographer: Paul Tully, Captured In Africa

Location: Sabi Sands, South Africa

When we speak about bonds, it’s amazing to see how it comes across – a look here, a snarl there. In this scene, a lioness had recently hunted a buffalo for the family to enjoy. The lioness dragged the carcass closer to her two cubs, with this particular cub approaching, constantly glaring at mother, almost hesitant to start eating and likely awaiting approval from mum to tuck in to a hearty meal. A tender moment.

Image 3

Photographer: Drew Abrahamson

Location: Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Captured In Africa are advocates for conservation, so when our team had the opportunity to re-visit the home of Cecil (a male lion killed illegally by a trophy hunter), the moment needed to be captured. Cecil’s legacy remains through the pride that still exists today in Hwange National Park. It is part of the issues facing lions in the wild, that we must use responsible tourism to provide revenue to support local conservation efforts, as well as local employment, benefits for local people and the safeguarding of habitat to protect this magnificent species for generations.

Image 4

Photographer: Paul Tully

Location: Maasai Mara, Kenya

Kenya’s Maasai Mara has seen its fair share of famed lions. From famous male lion Notch (seen in Big Cat Diary and part of the Marsh Pride), to more recent legends in the uniquely named Lipstick and Blackie – two huge dark maned lions who patrol these areas.

Image 5

Photographer: Drew Abrahamson

Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana

Here are those bonds showing themselves again, as a pride of lions seeks shelter. But from what? … Two male lions had come into the pride. This can be a dangerous situation, particularly for the young ones. In times of danger, the lionesses lead the pride to safety, protecting young cubs until the situation is eased – this can either be initially unrecognised male lions who the pride are wary of, or it can be a pride takeover in which case new males will look to dominate the lionesses and possibly kill young cubs belonging to other lions, in order to breed their own.

Image 6

Photographer: Paul Tully

Location: Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya

Seeing interaction of any sort on safari between animals, is special… even mating lions. Lions can mate multiple times per day for 3-4 days to increase the chances of pregnancy and litter size (typically 3-4 cubs per litter). On this occasion, both lions were extremely tired, meaning they had likely been mating for a few days. Yet you can still see the beauty and awe that takes place during this mating.

Image 7

Photographer: Drew Abrahamson

Location: South Luangwa, Zambia

From mating lions to their offspring, the future for these younglings is bright, but only if we can work together in safeguarding their habitat, protect them from conflict with humans, poaching, trophy hunting and wildlife trade. Lion populations in Africa are down from approximately 200,000 seventy years ago to just 20,000 today. So any new life in the wild is precious and vital to the survival of their species.

 

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