ONE BLUE... ONE YELLOW ? by Magaret Meintjes


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LOCATION CAPTURED: “THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK” in SOUTH AFRICA on the road from Skukuza Restcamp to Lower Sabie Restcamp.


THE LION – Panthera leo

Lions are the largest of the African predators, the males can weigh up to 230kg.
The females are smaller and lighter. Only the male is maned and in very rare cases unmanned males have been recorded. The hair of the mane can be up to 18-20cm in length and is usually brown, but black-maned animals are also encountered as are extremely rare cases of melanistic (black) lions, which have not been recorded from our sub-region. Rare albinistic animals, commonly known as the “White Lions of Timbavati’, occur here.
These, the most sociable of the cats, form prides of 3 to 30 or more individuals, consisting of 1 dominant male, 1 dominant female, several adult males and females, sundry sub-adults and cubs.
Lionesses form the nucleus of the pride, which is rarely moved beyond its established range. When the other young males in the pride are perceived by the dominant male to be possible threat, it drives them away, when they either join other prides if permitted, or if old and strong enough, form their own pride. The dominant male frequently has two prides and also ranges far and wide. Cubs and very young lions are constantly in danger within the pride from irritable adults, particularly the dominant male, that will, with or without apparent provocation, sometimes lash out and maim or kill them.
Lions have a wide habitat tolerance, from desert conditions to fairly dense bush. They are absent from densely afforested areas. Because of their nomadic nature they are particularly vulnerable outside of conservation areas. Where there are unfenced reserves they will move beyond these safe havens after stock. This brings them into conflict with man and usually these errant lions will eventually be eliminated.
Lions are active at night, mainly around sunrise and early evenings. In the day they laze away the hours in the shade, or move sluggishly around. The nocturnal hunting is a combined effort to frighten and confuse the prey. The male gives a mighty roar, which is heard across great distances, but the female usually does the killing. In the case of small prey, a swipe from a powerful paw is sufficient to kill it. Larger prey are killed by having their necks twisted and broken by a powerful wrench between the lion’s forelegs and its jaws, which are clammed to the victim’s neck. Larger animals are also suffocated by a powerful grip across the larynx or the muzzle.
One to six, usually three to four, altricial cubs are produced. When the pregnant female is ready to give birth, she leaves the pride, to rejoin only when the cubs are 4 – 8 weeks old, returning only if the older cubs already in the pride has weaned and will not be a danger through competition for food to the new arrivals.
The birth rate among lions are fairly high, but so is the mortality rate. Loss is due to predation by such animals as hyaena, lack of sufficient food or death by misadventure in the paws of the other members of the pride.

Food: An extremely wide range of food is consumed. Virtually anything palatable that moves, even insects, mice and up the size scale to buffalo or even elephant – if the lions are lucky it would seem, however, that the wildebeest is the prime choice.

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 5 years ago

  • Jan Landers
    Jan Landersover 5 years ago

    wow….mags….that is pretty amazing….this lion is a special spirit here……thank you for sharing this….i am in awe just looking at him….

  • Thank you so much sweet friend, I am so happy to share this with you, no greater pleasure in my life, take care sweet Jan, hugs xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • KSkinner
    KSkinnerover 5 years ago

    Awesome composition – the differant color eyes definitely add to this already strong work!

  • Thank you so much Keith for your inspiring comment. Thank you for featuring my “Lion capture”, I am greatful and honoured, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • AmyRalston
    AmyRalstonover 5 years ago

    Oh so beautiful. If it were safe I would have gotten a lion yesterday. I just love them. The eyes are very unique …I have seen dogs with eyes like this. I love this image …a favorite.Congrats on the Feature, Mags!

  • Thank you so much Amy for your lovely and kind comment, much appreciated. Yes I agree, to keep such an animal isn’t easy at all ! Take care new friend ! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • emmy2
    emmy2over 5 years ago

    This has that WOW factor Mags. Your focus and detail on this is outstanding!!

  • Thank you so much dear vics xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Carol  Lewsley
    Carol Lewsleyover 5 years ago

    WOW this is a fantastic capture cheers carol

  • Thank you my dear sweet friend xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Heps
    Hepsover 5 years ago

    Great shot! Maybe he’s just half a blue eyed boy?! LOL Well spotted!

  • Thanks Taschja, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonover 5 years ago
    Great capture,Very cool!
  • Thank you so much, again, Kevin !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Warrior
    Warriorover 5 years ago

    AMazing shot !!!!!

  • Thank you so much, appreciate your comment, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 5 years ago

    Great image, Well done on the feature in Top Shelf Wildlife and Nature

  • That is such a king comment, thank you so much Andrew, really appreiate it, take care!

    – Magaret Meintjes

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