Lions

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Xakanaxa area, Moremi, Botswana
Xakanaxa area, Moremi, Botswana

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Xakanaxa area, Moremi, Botswana
Xakanaxa area, Moremi, Botswana

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Etosha National Park, Namibia

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Near Krugersdorp, South Africa

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Roaring lion, Tshukudu, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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Tshukudu, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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The famous tree climbing lions of Tanzania. I have found lions in trees in National parks all over Tanzania and not only in the Lake Manyara National park. In travel brochures or on information about Tanzania's parks, they like to mention that Lake Manyara is famous for the tree climbing lions. Maybe we were just unlucky, but we haven't seen a single lion in a tree at Lake Manyara. It is still a beautiful park and reallyy worth a visit.


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Lion cub - Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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I think the lion cubs learn to climb trees at a very young age, but this one was still very uncertain and was struggling to get down.

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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
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Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Family feast, Serengeti, Tanzania

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Chobe, 7 weeks old, Tshukudu, Mpumalanga, South Africa
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Chobe on a walk, Tshukudu, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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Chobe 2 years old, Tshukudu, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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Chobe on our last walk with her. Tshukudu, Mpumalanga, South Africa

About Chobe

Chobe is a lioness and she was only 7 weeks old when I saw her for the first time. She was also an orphan and raised at Tshukudu. At Tshukudu they also have a lion breeding program, where TB free lions are bread. Most of the lions in Kruger National Park have TB, which the lions got from the buffalo, they are hunting. The TB free lions at Tshukudu are sold to other game reserves. The owners assured me that their lions are not sold as "canned" lions or "geblikte leeus", as we say in Afrikaans. This is a hateful industry where trophy hunters can shoot lions in an enclosure and hopefully this industry will come to an end soon.

Chobe was 2 years old when I took photos of her, the very last time. I knew that she would be taken away, as the game rangers told us that she got too big and would become dangerous. Since she was just a cub, Chobe used to walk with visitors to Tshukudu on early morning bush walks. She is now in a large camp and will also become part of the breeding program in future. She was not tamed or treated like a pet, but because she is used to people, she could not be released in the wild at all.

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The four photos above of a lioness were taken in the Kagalagadi Transfrontier Park.  She looks agressive, but she was just yawning!

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Close-up of a lion's paw.

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