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18 month old Etosha, the male brown lion. Taken at Lion Encounter Reserve, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Etosha is part of a breeding program which is helping to keep brown lions away from extinction. The 5 stage program, run by ALERT – African Lion & Environmental Research Trust ( breeds and raises cubs in captivity, gradually integrating them back into the wild as they grow up.

Etosha has since been released back into the wild, and is now monitored at a distance by ALERT staff, to check on his progress.

At the start of January 2009, Etosha and his brother, Echo had both successfully hunted and killed in the wild. The program achieved a success with these 2 lions.

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Other lion shots:
Brother’s Adventure
Someone Say Steak?
Watchful Eye
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(This piece was uploaded again as it was deleted from my folio)


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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 5 years ago

    Stunning capture….love the color of this magestic cats eye !!

  • Thanks so much mate, he definitely was majestic! We were so scared of him, yet really wanted to be as close as we could, give him a pat whenever we could. :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • stevebuffington
    stevebuffingtonabout 5 years ago

    Great shot. I just don’t see shots of lions outside of zoos very much and enjoy it when I do.—Steve

  • Hey thanks Steve! It was a real experience being this up close with him. I’m really glad you enjoy the shot mate!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersabout 5 years ago

    How wonderful Andrew! I’m happy to see a shot of a lion outside of a zoo too :)

  • Thanks so much Ursula! He was incredible to be in the presence of :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...about 5 years ago

    Another top capture great work!

  • Thanks so much Franco, means a lot coming from you!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • RicAlexander
    RicAlexanderabout 5 years ago

    Lovely story and a fantastic image to accompany it. Well done

  • Thanks a lot mate, this lion really got into all our heads and hearts!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 5 years ago

    they’re such majestic creatures.. always watching & always on guard… nice kitty!!!

  • Majestic is the perfect word to describe them Maria! Thanks for coming back to these ones again :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerabout 5 years ago

    Greetings Parmi; Absolutley beautiful, love the warm color and sharp details.

  • Thanks once again mate, really appreciate your kind and encouraging words with these ones!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful Cat!! this is an amazing capture Andrew..wonderful job.

  • Thanks heaps Kim, it was like he knew he was on show that day!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • SofaKingWeird
    SofaKingWeirdabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful Andrew, what a great program.

  • Thanks mate. They do such a great job to help the environment!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • yvil1
    yvil1about 5 years ago

    Oh I like lions!! They are very intelligent and smart. Great shot!! :)

  • Thanks so much Yvonne! A lot smarter than we think too :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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