IF LOOKS COULD KILL - THE LION – Panthera leo by Magaret Meintjes
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Nikon D50
RAW (12-bit)
Lens: VR 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6 D
Focal Length: 260mm
1/500 sec – F/5.3
Sensitivity: ISO 640
2012/10/21

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

I was born and still live in Africa.
Live a life close to nature, where I get the inspiration to do what I love most…., “Photography”.
Where I live and what I do is my destiny. I am grateful for the privilege

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesabout 2 years ago

  • Jack Ryan
    Jack Ryanabout 2 years ago

    Outstanding “close up” portrait…super clarity…well done.

  • Thank you so much Jack!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Karen Checca
    Karen Checcaabout 2 years ago


    10/22/12

  • Thank you so much for a great honour Karen, truly appreciated!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • NikonMan
    NikonManabout 2 years ago


    22-10-2012.

  • Thank you for excepting!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you for excepting Ray!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    Nice facial detail Magaret

  • Thank you so very much Larry!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 2 years ago

    What a beautiful face! Ans such a clear, focused gorgeous image
    October-22-2012

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  • Thank you so very much for a grat honour Laura, truly appreciated!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • PatChristensen
    PatChristensenabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful image intense stare! :)Pat

  • Thanks so much Pat!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • David Clarke
    David Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • jammingene
    jammingeneabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much for the honour Jammingene, much appreciated!

    – Magaret Meintjes

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