Face to face with the lion

Face to face with the lion

Categories: Animals

Serengeti National Park - a park with an area of 14,763 sq. km. in the Serengeti region, located in Tanzania. It is home to over 3,500 lions living in dozens of prides.

Photographer Nick Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson made several trips to the Serengeti between July 2011 and January 2013. Filming was carried out from two cameras mounted on special remote-controlled vehicles to capture images of predators from as close as possible. 242,000 photos and 200 hours of video - this is the result of the work.

(Total 13 photos)

Face to face with the lion

Face to face with the lion

1. Photo © Michael Nichols/National Geographic

Face to face with the lion

2. Lions caught an African warthog (resembles a wild boar with a somewhat flattened, very large head). For the pride, this is a small dinner. But such small “meals” help to overcome the hungry season in the park, otherwise the cubs will starve completely.

Face to face with the lion

3. The feast for lions begins with the advent of the rainy season: fresh green grass attracts huge herds of wildebeest to these parts.

Face to face with the lion

4. The dry season in the Serengeti is difficult for everyone.

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5.

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6. The cubs are still too small to hunt, but old enough to eat meat. In the pride, mainly females hunt. Zebra or wildebeest are excellent prey.

Face to face with the lion

7. A cub plays with a lion dad.

Face to face with the lion

8. Spicy moment. In the future, other males may take the place of the lion-father, and then they will kill other people's cubs.

Face to face with the lion

9. Lion's tenderness.

Face to face with the lion

10. The number of pride can reach 30-40 animals.

Face to face with the lion

11. Males, as a rule, do not participate in hunting, except when the victim is a large animal - for example, a giraffe or a buffalo. The mission of the male is to protect the territory.

Face to face with the lion

12. Male lions have a large mane of thick hair up to 40 cm long. The mane visually enlarges the lion in size, and also helps to intimidate other males and attract females. Charles Darwin hypothesized that the mane protects the animal's neck from being bitten. But over time, this assumption was rejected. A wet lion looks pretty funny.

Face to face with the lion

13. Lions are apex predators, that is, they occupy the top position in the food chain.

Keywords: Lions | National Park | Tanzania | Predatory cats

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