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Lion

Panthera leo

Description:

The male Lion in his prime was photographed in the Zululand Rhino Reserve, a 23,000ha wilderness in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province. He is one of 3 brothers in a coalition that dominates the southern part of this reserve.

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6 Comments

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 6 years ago

Wow! What a beauty.

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

Wow! Soo fascinating!

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Excellent spotting, Adam!

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Fascinating behaviour, makes sense. Thanks a lot for this excellent explanation, Adam! I suggest that you make this behaviour a little bit more prominent in the description section. Would certainly be interesting for others!

AdamRiley
AdamRiley 6 years ago

Hi Bayucca - Related male Lions often form coalitions, even up to 6 or 7 in size but 2-4 is probably average. These male coalitions are very powerful allowing them to overpower any dominant males and thereby take over the prides and mating rights. Because the males within the coalition are related there is less genetic competition between the males so they tolerate each others company and these coalitions usually last for the lifetime of the members.

bayucca
bayucca 6 years ago

Hope, that there is no dentist around! ;-)
What do you mean with a coalition of 3 brother lions? Is there no big boss around? Are these younger ones?

AdamRiley
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AdamRiley

Jozini Local Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Spotted on Aug 16, 2015
Submitted on Aug 16, 2015

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