Lion at Melbourne Zoo Australia
Panthera Leo
Family : Felidae

Felidae is the biological family of the cats; a member of this family is called a felid. Felids are the most strictly carnivorous of the sixteen mammal families in the order Carnivora. The most familiar felid is the Domestic Cat, which first became associated with humans about 10,000 years ago, but the family includes all other wild cats including the big cats.

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I began my photographic hobby at the age of 12, developing and printing 120, 620 &35mm B&W, forever learning and refining the fascinating art of photography. Now at 78 I still continue with increased enjoyment using digital medium – and still learning.
My favourite places for photography are the Melbourne Zoos . These are the Melbourne Zoo , the Healesville Sanctuary and the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
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  • Shanina Conway
    Shanina Conwayabout 7 years ago

    Hi Tom, he is beautiful and you’ve captured his majesty so well;)

  • helene
    heleneabout 7 years ago

    Lovely shot!

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanabout 7 years ago

    Thank you Helene, the shot was taken through a wire grille ( of course!) hand held and it was just after feed time for “Leo” thus his contented and regal countenance.

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanabout 7 years ago

    Thank you for your comments Shanina, he does look great, you just want to pat him , but I think I will pass on that myself

  • thickblackoutline
    thickblackoutlineabout 7 years ago

    he’s gorgeous! what a lovely soul, i like how you’ve captured the detail, and there are some nice shadows too

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanabout 7 years ago

    THanks thickblackoutline :-)

  • Barb Leopold
    Barb Leopoldabout 7 years ago

    I just love the big cats, respect and admire them. It’s a shame we need to keep some in zoos just to make sure they can survive ….. well captured Tom!

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanabout 7 years ago

    Thanks barbie :-) It is very tragic to see beautiful creatures such as these living in a restricted environment. The Melbourne Zoo has provided an improved environment within their ability to do so. I cannot imagine how wild captive animals survived in small cages as they did when I was a boy and watched them frantically pace up and down in the Circus and the Zoo cages

  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsabout 7 years ago

    man look at those eyes. very cool shot

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanabout 7 years ago

    Thanks Jeff :-)

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