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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.