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Lion, hiding in grass

Panthera leo


The lion is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. There are clearer spottings of them but this one was exciting. We were driving along a paved road in the park when we saw a collection of vehicles with people looking at the vegetation. There was a male lion in the tall grass about 20-25 feet from the road; usually, they are spotted at a far greater distance from roads – even my driver was excited to see one so close. The lion lay in the grass, rolled around and occasionally raised his head to look at everyone staring at him. He would get up and move and at one point we had watched him walk off into the distance. We got ready to leave when he suddenly raised his head fairly close to the road – he had circled around in the grass, unseen by anyone. One reason there is a rule about not getting out of the vehicle!


Wild lions currently exist in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia, with an endangered remnant population in Gir Forest National Park in India. Seen at Nairobi National Park

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Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Thanks, Neil! It was wonderful watching this magnificent cat.

NeilDazet 6 years ago

Great spotting Maria! Thanks for sharing that story too!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Obrigado, Antonio!

AntónioGinjaGinja 6 years ago

gorgeous Maria,great spotting in the wid,thanks for sharing,congratulations

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Gracias, Gerardo. I have been fortunate in having to travel there for work and then being able to add on a day or couple days to visit parks and reserves. It is always a thrilling experience for me. I hope someday you have a chance to go!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Wow incredible series i will love to visit African someday :)

Nairobi, Central, Kenya

Lat: -1.28, Long: 36.82

Spotted on Jun 10, 2012
Submitted on Jun 22, 2012


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