Two young female lions explore a tree in Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya, East Africa.
(Featured in Wild Cats and Their Environment.)
Canon 500D, zoom lens.
They weren’t exactly happy up there as lions don’t generally climb trees, and they had some difficulty getting down again. It was late afternoon with a storm coming in and we were glad to see they got down to safety before the rain came and made the trunks slippery.
Lions generally don’t climb trees due to their weight, but these adolescent girls broke the family rules (just like teenagers of all kinds).
African Lion, Panthera leo krugeri. Lions are endangered, there being only about 20,000 across the whole of Africa, due to habitat destruction and hunting, often caused by their proximity to human settlements.
Lake Nakuru lies in the Great Rift Valley.