Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana, Africa

You can see in that African lion portrait, his beautiful thick golden mane with a black stripe. He is placing his head in a downward with his whiskers on bright display.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 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: 1/320s
  • ISO: 1000
  • Focal Length: 600mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5338 by 3559 pixels (WxH).

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You can see in that African lion portrait, his beautiful thick golden mane with a black stripe. He is placing his head in a downward with his whiskers on bright display. Indeed, male lions are lazy, as you can see, he is dozing the day off. The outstanding characteristic of a lion mane varies between each individual. It might be fantastic long and thick or sparse and scraggly hair. Some lions even have a mane, which goes down much further on his back compared to a different male. The mane also makes the lion appear more massive and intimidating. That can deter enemies or urge prospective female mates. In this African lion portrait, this male is remarkably impressive.

A full-grown male is about 1.8 – 2.1 meters long plus a one meter long tail on top of that. They assert their dominance and presence by urinating on many surfaces, which leaves a strong smell. They will also rub themselves on trees to transfer their scent. Male lions we know only help lionesses to hunt when they seek a larger animal as prey. For smaller prey, they indeed do not move. Undoubtedly that is the lionesses department!

This photograph of the African lion portrait shows his whiskers off nicely. The purpose of hair is to help the cat feel its surroundings. Each whisker has at the base a black dot where the root is, as you can in this portrait.

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

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