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This is an African Barbary Lion, of which there are none left in the wild as they were hunted to almost extinction. Barbary Prides are now found only in wildlife parks.

Lion Cub at Paradise Valley Springs, Rotorua.

We got to cuddle the cub :)

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Winner of The Big Cats Avatar Challenge.

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  • kellymb
    kellymbover 6 years ago

    Great shot, lovely composition :)

  • Heather  Rivet  IPA
    Heather Rivet...over 6 years ago

    great shot Robyn.

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterover 6 years ago

    Thank you kelly and Heather :)

  • Cathleen Tarawhiti
    Cathleen Taraw...over 6 years ago

    Isn’t it just :)

  • Robyn Maynard
    Robyn Maynardover 6 years ago

    Being a Leo I just love the big cats, and the minature versions! this is Gorgeous!!
    Well done all round… :-)

  • MarcVDS
    MarcVDSover 6 years ago


  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 6 years ago

    Oh this is beautiful. One of the best lion images I’ve seen.

  • Hagen
    Hagenover 6 years ago


  • Michael Oubridge
    Michael Oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Beautifully cute

  • Coralie Plozza
    Coralie Plozzaover 6 years ago

    great portrait… you framed him beautifully

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