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Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon 75-300mm
f/5.0, 1/320, 200mm, ISO 100

This poor struggling lioness was busy trying to bring down this buffalo when we arrived. She had already taken a kick from it and both she and the buffalo were bleeding. They spent about half an hour in this slow fight and eventually they went their separate ways – the lioness hungry and injured and the buffalo not too much worse for wear. Meanwhile two large male lions had been sitting back a few hundred metres, watching the struggle.

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It covers 18,989 square kilometres (7,332 sq mi) and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west.

To the west and south of the Kruger National Park are the two South African provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga. In the north is Zimbabwe, and to the east is Mozambique. It is now part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, a peace park that links Kruger National Park with the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe, and with the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique.

The park is part of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, an area designated by the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve (the “Biosphere”).

All the Big Five game animals are found at Kruger National Park, which has more species of mammals than any other African Game Reserve (at 147 species).

Population Statistics as of 2009:

Elephant: 11 672
Lion: 1 500
Hyena: 2 000

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  • Jacqueline Ison
    Jacqueline Isonover 4 years ago

    Fascinating images and account! THanks so much for sharing!

  • My pleasure Jacqueline, so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Gareth Jones
    Gareth Jonesover 4 years ago

    a great powerful capture

  • Thanks Gareth

    – Damienne Bingham

  • dcdigital
    dcdigitalover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thank you

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Wonderful capture and story!

  • Thanks Ray!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • BigCatPhotos
    BigCatPhotosover 4 years ago

    Typical males eh?!! This is just an amazing image and really does have a high impact. The circle of life can be ugly as well as beautiful.

  • Exactly, it was a fascinating moment to watch. Glad you enjoyed it too!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Ann  Van Breemen
    Ann Van Breemenover 4 years ago

    Wow, how amazing to have witnessed this struggle. They really work so hard to feed the family you have to feel for them when they lose. Typical males, all show and no substance. They just keep their women barefoot and pregnant and in the kitchen!!(lol):)

  • haha that’s exactly what I thought, they were just sitting back, waiting for dinner! I really did feel for her, and for the buffalo, it was hard to decide who to barrack for!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Claudia Kuhn
    Claudia Kuhnover 4 years ago

    Holy cow, what a perspective on life in the wild, wonderful capture

  • Thanks Claudia, it was quite an experience!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Daniel Rosselló
    Daniel Rossellóover 4 years ago

    buen momento ….great moment..

  • Thank you Daniel!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallover 4 years ago

    wonderful capture, I feel so sorry for the Lioness, do you think she would of survived the injury ??

  • Thank you, and to be honest I don’t know – all I can say is that she did at least walk away from it. It’s quite astonishing to see the concept of survival of the fittest actually playing out in front of you!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallover 4 years ago

    your captures were amazing , it must of really shaken you up to see this first hand,

  • Yes, very intense! Thanks Trish!

    – Damienne Bingham

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