Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

African lion standing in grassland. That impressive male lion in this black and white photograph is doing the flehmen behavior. The male lion picks up the scent of a lioness.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 2020

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

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Exposure time: 1/2500s
  • ISO: 500
  • Focal Length: 600mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 6359 by 4239 pixels (WxH).

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African lion standing in grassland. That impressive male lion in this black and white photograph is doing the flehmen behavior. The flehmen behavior is a behavioral response of a male lion when he picks up the scent of a lioness. In this case, this male lion smells the lionesses of his pride further away from him. The flehmen behavior looks like snarling, like in this photograph with raising the head while doing so.

When we arrived at this place late afternoon, we saw five African lionesses and their seven cubs. They were in the grassland walking towards the Etosha salt pan. The African lions came out of the shade of several bushes. One lion of the pride was following the pride a bit further but stopped to look back to his mate. It seemed that his mate still needed a bit of time to wake up from the usual day of sleep. Most likely, he was still under the bushes in the shade to stretch. It took quite a while until we were able to see the second male lion in the free open grassland.

African lion, Panthera leo is in the IUCN list categorized to be vulnerable.

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