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Panthera leo

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HemaShah 11 years ago
Panthera leo Lion

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32 Comments (1–25)

CindyCor 6 years ago

Thanks for the honor "World Lion Day" for appreciating this lioness series. It was a spotting I will never forget.

staccyh 6 years ago

What a gorgeous girl!

KarenSaxton 6 years ago

We saw 7 lions in a tree @ Lake nakuru. They climb when they have opportunity

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations Cindy, this beautiful series has been chosen to mark World Lion Day!

Today is World Lion Day! World Lion Day is a global campaign to celebrate the importance of the lion worldwide, and comes as a timely reminder of the fragility of wild lion populations. While lions once roamed several continents, these animals are now restricted to small populations in a handful of African countries and to the Gir Forest National Park in India. In the last 25 years, it is estimated that half of the wild lion population has been lost, leaving us with just about 20,000 lions roaming free. Threats to lions include retaliatory or indiscriminate killing, prey base depletion, habitat loss, poaching and poorly regulated sports hunting. #WorldLionDay
Find out more about lion conservation programs associated with World Lion Day:



CindyCor 6 years ago

Thank-you Sarah. It was a lucky spot being at the right place at the right time.

SarahWhitt 6 years ago

The second shot is PRECIOUS!!
I love them all!! :)

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

That makes a little more sense CindyCor! I hope you have this beautiful picture framed somewhere on your wall. Although, now that I have looked through your other spotting, I bet you are running our of wall space - they are all gorgeous! ;)

CindyCor 10 years ago

EmilyMarino.. From my understanding from the guides in Africa, lions do have retractable claws, but they are used for holding prey. Allegedly they are not formed for climbing like a leopard , so lions are not known to climb very often.

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Thank you for the clarification Cindy! She is quite the site, a true beauty and you captured it perfectly. However, I am pretty sure lions have retractable claws, just like domestic cats. The cheetah is the only African cat I know of that does not have retractable claws, as they use their claws like cleats, digging them into the earth as they sprint.

CindyCor 10 years ago

EmilyMarino ... this lioness is just had a big meal. Don't know how she climbed this high tree being so full and not having retractable claws. She was about 20-25 feet high.

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Is she pregnant or just full from a meal? Beautiful shots, either way!

NuwanChathuranga 10 years ago

great shots!

CindyCor 10 years ago

MatthewKritzer ... I was in the right place at the right time, so lucky !!!

MatthewKritzer 10 years ago


CindyCor 10 years ago

WOW...Thank-you so much for the nice compliment RiekoS !!!

RiekoS 10 years ago

Incredible pictures. This should be in the National Geographic!
Thank you very much for sharing with us.

CindyCor 10 years ago

You are correct Adam. My guide spotted her up this tree from so far away. He must have eagle eyes !!!

AdamBT 10 years ago

Lovely series Cindy, not something you see everyday :)

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Fyn Kynd 10 years ago

WOW! Shes a little pudgy! :-) I always love when I find a good sleepy time branch...

AshleyT 10 years ago

Well if she did just have as big of a meal as it looks like, she probably didn't feel like budging. I know I never do haha

CindyCor 10 years ago

Hi Ashley, I agree !!!! Looks like she had a huge meal before climbing up this tree. It was a pretty high one with not many branches so who knows how she got up there, or how she got down. We waited over an hour for her to come down , but she did not budge !!

AshleyT 10 years ago

I love the second picture with her fat belly :)

CindyCor 10 years ago

Don't know how this female got up this tree because lions do not have retractable claws.

ChimeTsetan 11 years ago

the stomach is very full :) gluttonous lion. ;)

CindyCor 11 years ago

The best thing about this photo is that we were the only people there. What a find , and great photos to show it !!!

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Narok, Kenya

Spotted on Sep 3, 2006
Submitted on Dec 4, 2011

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