I am King! by ChrisCoombes

This lion (Panthera leo leo) really was the master of all he surveyed. He had perched himself upon a large rock outcrop within his territory in the Serengeti, Tanzania. He was king and he knew it!

Taken with Canon 40D and 50-500mm Sigma lens

The lion is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list. The main threats to lions are indiscriminate killing (primarily as a result of retaliatory or pre-emptive killing to protect life and livestock) and prey base depletion. Habitat loss and conversion has led to a number of populations becoming small and isolated (Bauer 2008).

Also in landscape view


  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful mate.. I head to Africa in August and can’t wait..

  • Thanks Steve. You will love it, I can’t recommend it enough. I can’t wait to see some of the shots you get if your other photo’s posted on here are anything to go by! Where are you heading to?

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Paul Davis
    Paul Davisalmost 6 years ago

    Wow.. this is an amazing photo – and I so agree with your statement there – ‘he knows it!’ Really truly amazing!

  • Thanks Paul. Yeah he certainly does.

    – ChrisCoombes

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 5 years ago

    A beautiful capture!!!!

  • Thanks Lorilee

    – ChrisCoombes

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 5 years ago

    Congratulations, Chris! Superb image!!

  • Very cool, thanks David

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Milleralmost 5 years ago

    Your Hosts: Jo and Barb

  • My pleasure, thankyou for accepting :)

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Jan Cartwright
    Jan Cartwrightalmost 5 years ago

    The sadness in his eyes is heartbreaking. Wonderfully evocative shot of this beautiful creature!

  • Thanks Jan

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredalmost 5 years ago

  • Thankyou

    – ChrisCoombes

  • Catherine Walsh
    Catherine Walshalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • Thanks Catherine

    – ChrisCoombes

  • elisab
    elisabalmost 5 years ago

  • Cool, thanks :)

    – ChrisCoombes

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylover 4 years ago

    Ben, you won my heart with this photo! I’m a big lover and fan of the big cats! They’re fascinating and gorgeous! What a beautiful photo…perfect timing! Cheers!

  • Thanks Lisa. He certainly has a presence

    – ChrisCoombes

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