The Lions

A Coalition of Male Lions

Coalition of Male Lions, Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa

We had 4 lion sightings on our trip. Unfortunately, on the best opportunity, a female babysitting the pride’s cubs, I had to shoot through the windshield because we couldn’t get a good position. As is expected, lions draw big crowds and lot of folks beat us to the site. So, with that, I’ll tell you that my lion images aren’t of the quality I typically post. I posted them more because I thought they would be interesting.

Except for the cubs, lions like to lay down and sleep most of the time. Our first encounter was with 3 males. Except for one who took a few minutes to look at us, they all laid down and closed their eyes as if we weren’t there. The best shots came at night, in Kruger, when we encountered a mating pair. When mating, the male and female roam together, away from the pride, for three days. We watched and photographed them for 15-20 minutes before they walked off into the bush.

By the way, I learned something about lions while I was there. A pride of lions is a group of females and cubs. They have a territory but live in a territory that is controlled by a coalition of male lions; usually brothers. One male in the coalition is the alpha.

I hope you find these shots interesting. Again, my apologies on the quality.



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Female Lion and Cubs

Female Lion with Cubs, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Male Lion

Male Lion, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Lions, Mating Pair - P1

Mating Pair – Perspective 1, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

Lions, Mating Pair - P2

Mating Pair – Perspective 2, Kruger National Park, South Africa, AUG 2016

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