This was a very happy lion, she was feeding on some premium, fresh Wildebeest when we arrived (hence all the flies).

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The Masai Mara National Reserve is a large game reserve in south-western Kenya, which is effectively the northern continuation of the Serengeti National Park game reserve in Tanzania.

Named after the Maasai people (the traditional inhabitants of the area) and their description of the area when looked at from a viewpoint – “Mara”, which is

Maa (Maasai language) for spotted: an apt description for the circles of trees, scrub, savannah and cloud shadows that mark the area.

It is famous for its exceptional population of Big Cats, game, and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration.

Masai Mara National Reserve is losing animal species at a rate that has scientists concerned, according to a 2009 study. Findings blame the increased human settlement in and around the reserve to this dramatic loss of animal species.

“The study provides the most detailed evidence to date on the declines in the ungulate (hoofed animals) populations in The Mara and how this phenomenon is linked to the rapid expansion of human populations near the boundaries of the reserve,” said an article that ran on the website of the International

Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). ILRI conducted this study between 1989 and 2003. The study, which was funded by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), monitored hoofed species in the Maasai Mara on a monthly basis for 15 years.

According to this study, six species including giraffes, impala, warthogs, topis and water-bucks have declined significantly at an alarming rate in the reserve.

The study says that losses were as high as 95 percent for giraffes, 80 percent for warthogs, 76 percent for hartebeest and 67 percent for impala.
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  • jammingene
    jammingenealmost 4 years ago

    Nice shot..great work ..☺

  • Thanks Gene!

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  • Gareth Jones
    Gareth Jonesalmost 4 years ago

    great shot

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  • Stephen Ruane
    Stephen Ruanealmost 4 years ago

    Well captured! She certainly looks content.

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  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Amazing shot Damienne!

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  • heatherfriedman
    heatherfriedmanalmost 4 years ago

    Magnificent capture! Kenya is the most memorable of my travels, way back in 1988!!

  • Thank you! Yes, it’s a beautiful country – I would love to go back and see it again actually!

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  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenalmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful clarity to the eye !Big congratulations on your feature in Safe Haven ,

  • Thank you very much! I’m glad you like it

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  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 4 years ago

    Your welcome ;)

  • 2muchfun
    2muchfunalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture! Congratulations on your feature…

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  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 4 years ago

    fantastic shot Damienne

  • Thanks Dave!

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  • bettywiley
    bettywileyalmost 4 years ago

    nice capture – it looks like you were close enough to pet this lion!

  • Thanks Betty! Just about, she was only a few metres away!

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