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Lionesses do the majority of the hunting for their pride, being smaller, swifter and more agile than the males, and unencumbered by the heavy and conspicuous mane, which causes overheating during exertion. They act as a co-ordinated group in order to stalk and bring down the prey successfully. However, if nearby the hunt, males have a tendency to dominate the kill once the lionesses have succeeded.
Female Lion (Panthera leo), Moremi Wildlife Reserve, Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/640 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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