Innocent by Andrew Paranavitana

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18 month old brown male lion, Etosha.

It’s hard to believe that this face will one day be hunting and killing.

Lion Reserve in Zimbabwe are breeding and re-releasing brown lions back into the wild to help keep them away from extinction. for more details.

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Crop of original shot.

Other lion shots:
Brother’s Adventure
Lion’s Pride
Someone Say Steak?
Watchful Eye
Not So Cowardly

(This piece was uploaded again as it was deleted from my folio)


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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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  • laureenr
    laureenrover 5 years ago

    He is just so beautiful Parmi. Such a wonderful capture.

  • Thanks so much Laureen, I really appreciate the fav too :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 5 years ago

    Wow, this is so adorable. What a awesome capture !! love the look and detail you captured : )

  • Thanks so much Sean, he was incredibly cute, but switched to “adult mode” when we least expected it!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful, you have to love that face.

  • Impossible not to! I found out he killed a zebra a few months back, so hard to believe!!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • KimTurner
    KimTurnerover 5 years ago

    He’s magnificent, and so beautiful. I think it’s great to hear he’s out doing what they do, wouldn’t want to see it in action though! Hopefully you will be taking more photos of him?

  • He is a handsome looking cub, isn’t he? The breeding program does such a great job to help keep the population going. I took this shot last year this time, when I was in Zimbabwe. At the time, Etosha was 18 months old. By now, he would have been released back into the wild again, so unfortunately, I won’t get to see him again. I do want to go back and take more shots of whoever they are raising at the time though :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • KimTurner
    KimTurnerover 5 years ago

    Well that is so nice to read about good news, and how they are making a difference, so happy to hear this. Can’t wait to see new lion pics if you do =)

  • It’s definitely reassuring to know that things are being done to save these incredible animals. I think the next set of lion pics I take will be at the zoo unfortunately lol! Till I get back over there anyway :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Anthony Mancuso
    Anthony Mancusoover 5 years ago

    superb image Andrew, beautiful work!

  • Thanks very much mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Wayne  Pearson
    Wayne Pearsonover 5 years ago

    Excellent Andrew…… innocent until proven hungry, and fricassee of Andrew are on the menu.

  • Haha, such a valid point! Thankfully they are kept very content and fed right before visitation hours are in force :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Rowan  Lewgalon
    Rowan Lewgalonover 5 years ago

    This is so very touching.

  • Thanks so much Maureen :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Kymie
    Kymieover 5 years ago

    Ohh just look at those eyes, they are pleading…gorgeous photo – makes you want to give it great big cuddles :-)

  • Hehe, it really does, he’s a lion of many faces, that’s for sure! Thanks for the awesome comment Kymie :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Hagen
    Hagenover 5 years ago

    Nice shot

  • Thanks heaps Hagen!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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