PLEASE VIEW THE CAPTURE AND STORY OF THE LIONS, THE ELEPHANT AND THE CROCODILE
CAPTURED LOCATION ’THE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SOUTH AFRICA.

Nikon D50
2009/11/14 14:31:38.4
Lens: 70-300mm F/4-5.6 D
Focal Length: 300mm
Digital Vari-Program: Sports
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/320 sec – F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200


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 4 years ago

    TO VIEW THE OMAGE AND THE STORY OF THE LIONS,ELEPHANT,GIRAFFE AND THE CROCODILE PLEASE CLICK HERE

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    A lovely image and interesting write-up. I feel I have learned alot. Much more then I knew. Composition is so natural and awesome. Instant FAV. Barb

  • Thank you so much Barbara, your comment is a great reward and i appreciate your visit. Have a Blessed day and take care xx

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  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago


    Your Hosts: Jo and Barb

  • Thank you so much for honouring me in such a wonderful way with this entry in the group, i am delighted! take care xx

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  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 4 years ago

    Well caught! He is a big boy!!

  • Thank you so much dear Trish xxx

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  • Olitto
    Olittoabout 4 years ago

    Hierdie foto maak dat ek wil wildtuin toe gaan…..mooi geneem.

  • Wonderlik is dit nie! Ek voel dieselfde, amper tyd vir my jaarlikse besoek! Baie dankie Olitto!

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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 4 years ago

    They look just about ready for their afternoon nap now Magaret. Gorgeous capture!

  • Thank you kindly Maree xx

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    JaniceMachadoabout 4 years ago


    Thanks for submitting your work in
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  • trish725
    trish725almost 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much for honouring me in such a wonderful way trish xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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    ienemienalmost 4 years ago

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonalmost 4 years ago

    December 2,2010 Wonderful

  • Wow what a great and wonderful surpise,I am humbly honored, thank you so much!

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