When it’s time for a lioness to give birth to her cubs, she does so in solitude and will seperate herself from the pride for a period of at least 6 weeks. Having been robbed of the protection afforded by the pride, she must be extremely careful that her cubs remain well concealed so that they don’t fall victim to other predators that might happen upon them. For this reason it’s a highly unusual treat to be priviledged to see young cubs of six weeks or less out in the open.

We came across this lioness (Panthera leo) as she was in the process of relocating her litter to another secure hideout.

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Although Canadian by birth, I grew up in Africa and from an early age travel became a regular part of my life. As a result I developed an early passion for my two great loves, Africa and aviation. Being fortunate to return to Africa every year with our own safari company “Explorations Africa”, all of my photos of wildlife are taken in their natural and unstaged settings. Please visit us at www.explorationsafrica.com

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    2 image per day 2012/03/19
    Some amazing captures on this visit to Africa an, well done!

  • Thanks Magaret. I was incredibly fortunate in what I saw and experienced….it’s why I keep going back!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    23 March 2012 – 2 images per day

  • Michael  Moss
    Michael Mossalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful !

  • Thanks Michael!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpalmost 2 years ago

    You were certainly fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. Excellent capture!

  • Thank you very much Marie!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • lcretyi
    lcretyialmost 2 years ago

    OMG! How often does one see this, Fantastic

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  • Not very often that’s for sure! Thanks very much Laura.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • John44
    John44almost 2 years ago

    You have certainly shown us here that you can rise to the challenge.

  • Thanks so much John, appreciate the comment!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • billfox256
    billfox256almost 2 years ago

    A tremendous capture!!!! Congratulations on being featured!!! Bill

  • Really appreciate your comments Bill, thanks!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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