Canon 60D, Canon 100-400L, 400mm, 1/1000, f5.6, ISO 400

This young male lion (Panthera leo) is just beginning to come into his own. Although he’s just beginning to show signs of his immature mane filling out, he’s already been a busy boy and taken over a small pride with 2 lioness.

South Luangwa national park, Zambia


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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

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  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Natureover 1 year ago
    Though he’s yet to grow into a mature mane, you’ve caught a look of determination in those eyes that hints at so much more to come… Nice shot Dan!
  • Thanks so much Sylvia!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Macky
    Mackyover 1 year ago

    Hmmmmmm, the bush keeps calling!!

  • Lol….does it ever!!!!!!!

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Karine Radcliffe
    Karine Radcliffeover 1 year ago

    Great pic Dan, he is just posing so nicely for you!!!

  • Thanks so much Karine! Yes he was being rather cooperative and as is so often the case, we were simply in the right place at the right time=)

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 1 year ago

    and a very handsome young fellow indeed … cracking lion portrait dan :))

  • Thanks so much Carol! Even though he’s immature, he already seemed to project a real regal presence with ease.

    – Dan MacKenzie

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 1 year ago

    Great capture! Comgratulations …

    Featured November 30, 2012

  • Thanks so much Barb!

    – Dan MacKenzie

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