Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

A wildlife photograph in color features two African lionesses in a tender embrace. One lioness has her massive paw placed on the other animal’s head. That is an up-close and personal moment between these two beautiful predators.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 16 July, 2023

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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/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/640s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 600mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 4056 by 2952 pixels (WxH).

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These two lionesses are in a tender embrace after they had some gentle play fighting. One lioness has the front leg with its massive paw placed on the other animal’s head. That is an up-close and personal moment between these two beautiful female predators. The amber-brown of the lioness’s eye is visible as she stares into her sister’s eyes.

African lions are generally lazy during the day. They will sleep and laze about until it is time to hunt at night. Male lions will usually only hunt when the pride is taking down a large animal or when the females have not provided him with a meal.


When females hunt, they will hunt in groups of between 3 – 8 lionesses. They use incredibly smart techniques to catch their prey. They will ambush them in an area where they cannot escape, or they will chase them through an enclosed path while other lionesses wait ahead to ambush them. Ultimately, leaving the prey with nowhere to go but into the jaws of this fierce cat.

These cats are incredibly social and are affectionate towards one another. As you see in this photograph with the lionesses in a tender embrace.

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

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1 comment for Two Lionesses In A Tender Embrace

  1. Jacques

    Lioness staring contest, yet full of emotions.

    • Anette Mossbacher

      Indeed. Thanks so much, Jacques.

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