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Ok, admittedly this is not mine - but I thought it was brilliant: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2013/sep/03/kalahari-dark-wildlife-side-photographer#/?picture=416411082&index=2.

 

I think I am suffering from bigcat-itis, perhaps on account of the two cubs I have at home.

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Soukous

Nothing quite quite prepares you for the sight of lions with blue eyes.

White Lion cub in Timbavati reserve, Kruger NP

 

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In Mana Pools October 2012, we were walking and came across this pride of lions resting late one afternoon. We sat on a nearby fallen tree and had a drink whilst enjoying their company. Other than looking around as we arrived, they were totally uninterested in us.

 

After a little while, another small group arrived to see what we were looking at...they had a ~8 year old child with them and the demeanour of the female to the left of the photo changed dramatically. I have seen this behaviour before and I really question the wisdom of walking in the African bush with children.

 

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Following a discussion about tree climbing lions in @Safaridude trip report All over Zambia

 

They do indeed climb trees at Ishasha in Uganda (or they did in 2005!)

 

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Anybody with images of Lake Manyara's tree climbers?

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Nothing quite quite prepares you for the sight of lions with blue eyes.

White Lion cub in Timbavati reserve, Kruger NP

 

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@@Soukous they are so breathtakingly beautiful. I really do want to visit them one day, and hope it comes through.

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The Cleaning Brigade!. Taken in Lake Manze Camp (Selous) in the early morning 12th September 2012.

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Taken near Governor's Camp Maasai Mara almost at sundowner time

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The Mohican Pride, Hwange

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This is one of a magnificent pair of male lions in Madikwe feasting on an elephant matriarch that died of old age.

 

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We found this young lion in Sabi Sand.

The afternoon was very overcast and dull and the cubs were playful, but this one seemed intent on keeping hold of a rock that could be used as a pillow.

 

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Pretty close to lioness in Olare Motorgi...she was with 3 other lionesses in the morning. This was the second family of lions we saw that morning. Good place to see lions.

 

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I was getting to know my camera, in the best place I can think of (Africa), and this lioness, and her sister too, used our vehicle for shade. They walked a good ways to find their shade and rested. As they walked closer, my heart beat faster. From the bottom pad of my seat, where I rested my camera, to the lioness was maybe 3-4 feet. This is very close, she lying next to the rear tire below me, I was in awe and on high alert. Awesome animal.

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A few from this year in Tsavo East, Kenya

 

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Everybody needs hugs!

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Sleeping Beauty

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Cubs under a bush by the Mbololo Stream

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Tool of destruction

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And a few from last year in Nairobi National Park

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And a couple of older ones from the Mara Triangle

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I like all of them - but particularly the one that initially looks like 2 antelope - and then your eye is drawn to the two lions towards the back of the photo....

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Male lion in his prime, Maasai Mara

 

In Colour

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and in B+W

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which do you prefer?

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Soukous

In Sabi Sand we found a small group of lionesses with cubs.

The day was overcast and cool so the cubs were playful

 

Two of the cubs hid in the grass to ambush their sibling

 

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seeing how much fun they were having another of the cubs waited his turn to ambush the others.

 

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This last one was very sad. Over the course of two days, we effectively saw this poor lioness die. This was our first sighting. She was drinking from a puddle in the road, close to Melkvlei in the Nossob riverbed. The scavengers were already lining up, but they were discouraged by two other lions hanging about. One a youngish male with a wound on his back above the hind quarter and what appeared to be a bad eye, the other a youngish cub wich appeared to have a game leg.

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The next morning, she was lying under a tree not 20 yards away, while the other two were about a km away, lying in the shadow of a tree. Two hours later, this lioness had stopped breathing. I would love to know why, certainly in other areas I have been, she would not have been allowed to go so peacefully and presumably painfully.

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Soukous

One of the highlights of a safari in the Timbavati reserve is the chance to see white lions. They really are incredible and it is fascinating to see them side by side with tawny siblings.

 

 

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@@Game Warden, we spoke to one of the rangers. According to him, there is no bovine TB in the Kgalagadi, but it could possibly have been feline Aids. However, he seemed to have been of the opinion that it was simply old age.

 

@ Kavita, sad indeed. What were you driving? We were in this:

 

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