Photographer's Note

One of 5 male lions we encountered on the Moreshwe Pan in the Khutse Game Reserve early one morning. It was clear that they hunted during the night, and that they were now looking for a place to rest for the day.

Lions leep a lot. In fact, they can sleep for up to 23 hours a day. It is therefore always interesting to find them active in their natural habitat. This was one of the younger lions in the group (its mane is not fully grown yet) and note the characteristic lazy walk of the lion.

Photo taken at 500mm (750mm on the Nikon D100) from quite a distance, so I think I was lucky to get an unblurred shot of a moving subject.

Lion (Pantera leo):
Lions are the largest of Africa's cat family. Male lions can weigh between 180 and 240 kilograms. Lions are carnivores which feed mainly on hoofed animals. They are very adaptable, and will inhabit most types of habitat where there is enough food. Lions are mainly nocturnal and generally sleep during the day, but are often seen at dawn and dusk.

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Additional Photos by Henry Engelbrecht (henrye) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 675 W: 66 N: 432] (3500)
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