Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa

A wildlife photograph in color shows a majestic lion that stands at the edge of the savannah. While the wind blows his mane to the right, the same time, the lion is looking to the left. Behind this beautiful predator, you see dry grassland as far as the eye can see.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 23 September, 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/8
  • Exposure time: 1/640s
  • ISO: 500
  • Focal Length: 600mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5027 by 3375 pixels (WxH).

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The majestic African lion stands at the edge of this brown grassy plain. While the lion is looking to the left, the wind blows the mane to the right. The African lion shows the full body. Behind this beautiful predator, you see dry grassland as far as the eye can see.

African lions have a wide range of habitats and can live almost anywhere. A real example of this statement is the lions of Namibia. Like the lion in this photograph, he adapts to a harsh terrain and desert climate. Lions that live in areas with higher humidity, such as Namibia, have darker fur. You see this in the African lion photograph, which stands at the edge of the Etosha salt pan.

Indeed, we know these beautiful lions for their ability to adapt to the desert with long legs and leaner bodies than other typical lions. Namibian lions can go longer without drinking water – 2 weeks. They rely on the moisture from their prey’s blood to stay hydrated and also have to search longer and broader for prey. As a result, they eat a wider variety of animals, including birds, small antelope, and even mice.

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

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