Pride of Lion at Night
Male and 2 cubs
While on our first visit to an African game park, we hired a guide for a night trip. They have large enclosed jeep-like vehicles with big windows and each row has a big spotlight we got to use. The highlight that night was definitely the pride of lions which decided to park themselves near the road. There were about 12-15 of them spread out over a 100 meter area. There was one male sleeping with two cubs laying next to him, a large beautiful female, and a large magnificent older male (probably the lead male) who were the highlights.
Male and female lions
The female was awake and moving around a bit. The big male was just laying and half-watching/sleeping until we moved close with the vehicle. After a bit tired of us shining flashlights in his direction (but, trying to avoid his eyes), he got up, did a BIG stretch, marked the territory a bit, and then moved to a new spot. It was truly awesome watching these big cats in their natural habitat only a few meters away!
All of these photos came from a video camera we used because the lighting made it hard for regular cameras to get good photos. Later I hope to upload a video showing the highlights as well. But, for now, check out the slideshow below.
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