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Lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours per day. Although lions can be active at any time, their activity generally peaks after dusk with a period of socializing, grooming, and defecating. Intermittent bursts of activity follow through the night hours until dawn, when hunting most often takes place. They spend an average of two hours a day walking and 50 minutes eating. This lioness was found sleeping, among three other females, on a very hot summer afternoon in Ngorongoro Crater.
Lioness (Panthera leo), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm at 70 mm, 1/750 sec at f/ 5, ISO 100
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