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This tied for the win in the YOU CHOOSE THE NEXT CHALLENGE..big cats..in the SUPERBLY VISUAL group 1/30/2012.







Shot at Potawatomi zoo in South Bend, Indiana USA 7/28/2010. It was so hot, I was sweating just standing there taking photos..ha ha. Shot witha canon rebel EOS K 2 and used fujifilm 100 speed film.
Lions are carnivorous mammals that come from the family Felidae. They are geographically distributed in mostly sub-Saharan east and southern Africa but can also be found in zoos internationally, India and some parts of Asia . The population of these vulnerable animals has dramatically decreased in the past few decades with no solid reason as to why. It is thought that clashes with humans and habitat loss may be a possibility, but to help further preserve and monitor these creatures, they are usually kept within reserves and parks. Only eight sub species are recognized today and there is a small range of hybrids with lions mating with tigers, jaguars or leopards to create unique creatures. This is discouraged and only initiated at zoos.

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I love to capture photos of everything. My favorite things to take photos of are nature, fall, and big cats. I hope one day big cats can be free to roam again. They deserve to be free like us.

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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Gene your Lions are sooooooooooooooo special!!!! Get a load of this expression- fabulous shot dear friend.

  • That means a lot that you like them. I hate seeing them caged up, but I guess it is better than poachers getting them.

    – jammingene

  • alaskaman53
    alaskaman53over 4 years ago

    What a nice big pussycat, nice shot bro.

  • LOL..thanks Rich. It was so hot here yesterday. We finally got rain last night. Boy, did we need it..ha ha.

    – jammingene

  • byzantinehalo
    byzantinehaloover 4 years ago

    Great shot Gene, that poor cat, he’s looking like he may have heat stroke. :))

  • It was hard watching them because you could tell they were hot. I was sweating just standing there, so I can only image how much worse it was for them..with all that fur. Thank you so much for looking at this.
    -Gene

    – jammingene

  • angeljootje
    angeljootjeover 4 years ago

    Super*great* shot !!!
    Greetings Johanna

  • That really means a lot. Thanks for stopping by.
    -Gene

    – jammingene

  • klikker
    klikkerover 4 years ago

    Great old beast that has lost his majestic look due to being captive. Well caught Gene and I agree with you about the freedom bit. Nick

  • We finally got rain yesterday..boy..did we need it. Finally brought the humidity down!!! If I was a lion or tiger, it would drive me nuts being caged up!!!! Thanks bro..always appreciate it. Cheers
    -Gene

    – jammingene

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromover 4 years ago

    Always such awesome shots Jam!

  • I really appreciate that Susan. I sure do have a soft spot for cats..big time for the big cats..ha ha. Thank you my friend.

    – jammingene

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Awesome portrait buddy !

  • Thanks Steven. I always appreciate it. Cheers my friend.

    – jammingene

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Great close-up, love the expression!

  • Many thanks Ray.

    – jammingene

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 4 years ago

    absolutly perfect, all round fav, dawnx
    ps got my injection into the arm to remove some bits on the 11th aug hehe yipppee dawnx

  • Good for you. can’t wait for you to get better. No one needs to live in pain. Thanks Dawn.

    – jammingene

  • Bradley Nichol
    Bradley Nicholover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much Bradley. Cheers my friend.
    -Gene

    – jammingene

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