Resting male lion – captured on my last day in the Mara

Panthera Leo – Masai Mara Kenya

Facts courtesy of wikipedia

The mane of the adult male lion, unique among cats, is one of the most distinctive characteristics of the species. It makes the lion appear larger, providing an excellent intimidation display; this aids the lion during confrontations with other lions and with the species’ chief competitor in Africa, the spotted hyena.

The presence, absence, color, and size of the mane is associated with genetic precondition, sexual maturity, climate, and testosterone production; the rule of thumb is the darker and fuller the mane, the healthier the lion. Sexual selection of mates by lionesses favors males with the densest, darkest mane.

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  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Moorealmost 4 years ago

    11/15/10 one a day with a limit of 20
  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 3 years ago

    An excellent capture. Instant Fav! Barb

  • thank you Barbara

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    Debbie Asheover 3 years ago


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  • Scott Engel
    Scott Engelover 3 years ago

    Great picture. Instant favorite!

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 3 years ago

    3 Week 2011/03/17

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  • Jill Fisher
    Jill Fisheralmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful image Sue!

  • thank you Jill, having had a brief look at your work, high praise indeed!

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