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Mature male Lion (Panthera leo) by Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
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The mane of the adult male lion, unique among cats, is one of the most distinctive characteristics of the species. It makes the lion appear larger, providing an excellent intimidation display; this aids the lion during confrontations with other lions and with the species’ chief competitor in Africa, the spotted hyena. The presence, absence, color, and size of the mane is associated with genetic precondition, sexual maturity, climate, and testosterone production; the rule of thumb is the darker and fuller the mane, the healthier the lion. Sexual selection of mates by lionesses favors males with the densest, darkest mane.
Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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  • leealanjudy
    leealanjudyabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous! Beautiful shot!

  • Thanks a lot!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Euphemia
    Euphemiaabout 5 years ago

    Απίστευτη! Αργά αργά μας τροφοδοτείς με τα αριστουργήματά σου… :-)

  • Χα, χα, χα, έχεις δίκιο Έφη, thanks a lot!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    wonderful image

  • Thank you Scott!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Hagen
    Hagenabout 5 years ago

    Nice shot

  • Thank you Hagen!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS

  • Many thanks Virginia, much appreciated!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Rochelle  Harding
    Rochelle Hardingabout 5 years ago

    Wow!!! Congratulations of the feature….
    such a excellent capture

  • Thans a lot Rochelle!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Tiffany Dryburgh
    Tiffany Dryburghabout 5 years ago

    Clearly just a big old pussy-cat! Wonderful!

  • You ’ve got it Tiffany, thank you!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...about 5 years ago

    TERRIFIC! A gorgeous image!

  • Many thanks Whalegeek!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • SusanAdey
    SusanAdeyabout 5 years ago

    He looks just like my cat when he washes his face. Only this guy is soooo much bigger. Great image.

  • Yes, exactly the same movements like a my cat too, that’s why we call them “big cats”. Thanks a lot Susan!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Bellavista2
    Bellavista2about 5 years ago

    May we also have the honour of this magnificent photo Konstantinos for the WildNature Photography and Writing Group, thankyou, Ann-maree (2 submits a day)

  • Thank you for your comment Ann-maree, but it is already in the WildNature Photography and Writing Group for two or three days now!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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