DSCN0637I always feel like I can’t quite capture in pictures how amazing things look in real life. The more impressive the subject is (you can’t get any more impressive than a lion!) the more inadequate my shots seem. Anyway, these are what I got.

Lions live for 10–14 years in the wild but in captivity they can live longer than 20 years. In the wild, males rarely live longer than 10 years as injuries from continual fighting with rival males greatly reduce their life expectancy. They’re unusually social compared to other cats. Lions don’t typically hunt humans but some have been known to do so. When someone in our party opened the door for a couple of seconds, the rangers went crazy! The lions didn’t attack but they did lick their lips.




6 thoughts on “Man-eaters.

  1. Last time I was in Melbourne I paid a visit to the zoo, where they have the lions in a large free area (bound by a VERY high fence) with a bridge for the visitors. The boy lions were having a lazy day of it. They lay in a very strange pose: on their backs, with all legs in the air and paws folded down (if you know what I mean).
    I’ve never seen any lion in this posture on film or tv doco’s. It is quite a revealing pose… perhaps that’s the explanation.


      1. And kangaroos are even worse than lions. When the boy roos take a rest on the ground they let it all hang out.
        God knows how many childhood fans of Skippy have been traumatised beyond repair.


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