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I captured this guy at the Dehiwela Zoo in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This African Brown Lion is six years old and was napping in his enclosure. As soon as my shutter sounded, his eye opened and he glared up at me with an alarming amount of anger. I’d clearly disrupted a deep sleep.

Suddenly, I was really glad to be 10 metres above him and not face to face.

The lions here, like many of the animals within the zoo, are part of a breeding program to keep their species away from extinction. At the time we visited, the leopards were being bred. One male and one female in each breeding cage. It was great to see such positive activity toward our animals future in this zoo.

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Canon 50D
55 – 250, 58mm

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

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  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture Andrew!! He is beautiful!!

  • Wow thanks so much Teresa! He really had the look going on :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Jason Asher
    Jason Asheralmost 4 years ago

    Nice one Parmi! I liek the unusual framing and the general contrast.. oh, and that eye is awe inspiring.. awesome.

  • Thanks a lot mate! I took so many of this guy, but this one just had that little something about it. Glad you like Jase :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Silvia Ganora
    Silvia Ganoraalmost 4 years ago

    This is awesome! Look at the light in his eye! What an expression! Bravo!

  • Thank you so much Silvia! He really did pose well for me :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    Powerful capture Parmi- looks amazing mate!!

  • Thanks so much mate! He provided me with a lot of emotion!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LookOutBelow
    LookOutBelowalmost 4 years ago

    Parmi – your a god!

  • Haha, still working out the water to wine thing, mate. Thanks heaps!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallalmost 4 years ago

    brilliant capture :))

  • Thanks very much Trish! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillaralmost 4 years ago

    Excellent capture!!

  • Thanks very much Kasia!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Farfarm
    Farfarmalmost 4 years ago

    Great catch … :)))

  • Thanks a lot Michel! Hope you’re well mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • patjila
    patjilaalmost 4 years ago

    The capture pops out inmediately in the row of favourites…It caught my eye instantly. Wonderful done fave instantly Parmi!

  • That’s really great to hear! Thanks so much for the comment and fave :))

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Denzil
    Denzilalmost 4 years ago

    Fantastic shot! My memories of Colombo Zoo are of miserable animals in awful enclosures – glad to hear your tales of positive breeding programs …so happy things have improved:)

  • I’m so happy to report that a lot has changed in the zoo! I was so hesitant to go in, but so glad I did now. Thanks heaps Denzil :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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