Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

A beautiful African Lion drinks water at a waterhole in this color wildlife photograph. The predator’s front legs are haunched low, and his back is arched high.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 8 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark III and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/3200s
  • ISO: 400
  • Focal Length: 280mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3937 by 2626 pixels (WxH).

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The African Lion drinks water with its body arched low to drink effectively in this color wildlife photograph. The predator’s front legs are haunched low, and his back legs and bum are arched high. The ground is very arid and dry. Undoubtedly, the Lion has to find a water source to quench his thirst. There is a lone springbok skeptically watching him in the background. Aware of every move the Lion makes.

The usual male Lion weighs around 180 kg / 396 lbs. Much more significant than a female counterpart that only weighs about 130 kg / 286 lbs. The heaviest Lion that has ever recorded weighed a whopping 375 kg / 826 lbs! African male Lions are easy to recognize due to their thick luscious manes. As you see in this photograph of the Lion drinking water – his brilliant hair is fully displayed.

The color of an African Lion’s coat varies from region to region. Depending on where the predator lives, it’s fur will be either lighter or darker in complexion. White Lions come through genetic variants with reduced pigmentation. Not the common belief that they are albinos.

The Lion, Panthera Leo, is in category vulnerable in the IUCN red list.

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