This is Mr.T one of the most notorious lions(Panthera leo) of the Sabi Sands game reserve.This was taken 3 and a half years ago ,found it in my archives.The mapogos were a coalition of male lions that controlled the Sabi Sands for 6 years until they lost the battle of survrvial of the fittest.There are now only 2 survivors(Makulu and Pretty Boy) and are intermittently seen but still around but don`t have a territory.Mr.T was also known as Mohawk to some and has this distinctive mohawk hair style and nose abnormality probably as a consequence of a fight.He was killed by the Selati coalition of now 4 lions near Ulusaba around 6 months ago.The Selati`s are also known as the southern males . We were fortunate to see Mr.T many times during visits to the Sabi Sands over the years,sleeping,fighting with siblings for mating rights, mating,and making a live buffalo kill.The Mapogo coalition also killed many lions in the area in their quest for dominance hence their notoriety!!

Ulusaba,South Africa

Canon 7d and canon 100-400mm lens at 330mm f 7.1 1/125s iso 3200

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I am an amateur photographer and mostly photograph wildlife and have a special love for WILD big cats and birds.I am self taught and have never attended a course in photography.I exclusively photograph animals in the WILD which is always challenging! I use only canon equipment and now have 7d , t3i,and power shot 40 sx hs camera`s and use canon 28-135 mm,70-200mm f 2.8 ,100-400mm f 5.6,and 500mm f/4 lenses.

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  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 1 year ago

    Outstanding capture jozi1.

  • Thanks much,Julie :)

    – jozi1

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 1 year ago

    OH Boy does he ever look mean…But I must say you captured him well…Do they all have teeth like that?

  • Thank you,Poete100,similar but this lion was quite a lion and was one of the true kings of a real jungle:)

    – jozi1

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    LOL Great title…I was looking for the gold chains! Terrific capture, Tony!

  • Thanks,AuntDot,fortunate to see this legend of a lion in the flesh and especially wild:)

    – jozi1

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 1 year ago

    19 December 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • My pleasure,Kon :)

    – jozi1

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 1 year ago

    Wow he is just beautiful!! So sorry he was killed, but I know that it is the fittest that lives. Those are quite large teeth there!!

  • We were all sorry to hear on the wildlife blogs when he died ,he was what all the legends about king of the beasts are all about and the mapgos ruled for a good 6 years in the prime of their lives :)

    – jozi1

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

    WOW. Hey Tony did you ask “cheese please”. MAGIC? Love the WILD eyes too.

  • Thanks my friend,one things for sure this is a real WILD animal could never find something like this in a zoo :)

    – jozi1

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Nice capture…he means business Tony…hope you kept your distance

  • Thanks,Larry he was bothered more by his brother getting close to his mating parner,sibling jealousy ,than our prescence :)

    – jozi1

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandover 1 year ago

    I pity the fool :-)

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  • The fool was his brother trying to get close to his mating partner,the cause of many fights in all types of civilization !!!

    – jozi1

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 1 year ago

    Holy Cow! I might have dropped my camera!

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  • Thanks,Laura,he was behaving like a typical jealous male as his brother was getting too close to his mating partner, the anger was not directed to us but it was loud and we were pretty close but not threatened :)

    – jozi1

  • Maisie Sinclair
    Maisie Sinclairover 1 year ago

    He looks scary! Great image :-)

  • Thanks Maisie ,he lives in the real wild and does not pose for photos like Zoo animals ,he is the real King of the jungle and was angry with his brother who was coming too close to his mating partner :)

    – jozi1

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