Lions of the Maasai Mara
As many of you will know I went to Kenya last November, with my girlfriend. It was my first time visiting Eastern Africa and I was blown away by the wildlife, we even caught the tail end of the migration. We saw a great number of Lion on our 5 days in the Mara, including some young cubs, so I thought I would share a few of these with you all.
The male Lion above, was one of the first larger males we saw in the 5 days we were in the park. We spent a few minutes with the pride and before long the flies were becoming a real hassle. He decided to take some action against the flies and covered his eyes with his paw, before long he was back asleep in shrubby vegetation. Not long after the flies had become too much for us as well and we moved on.
This large cub was with a sibling when we spotted them walking along one of the tracks. We quickly realised that the cubs were heading in the direction of a herd of Wildebeest and Zebra. With no cover to conceal them the split up and started to trot towards the herd. Their efforts were entirely unsuccessful as the herd watched the two individuals before quickly moving on. Eventually the two cubs gave up and headed off up the hill.
This is the sister of the Lion cub above, not long after they had finished chasing the herd of Zebra and Wildebeest. The two were heading up the gentle slope of a low hill, and then we heard their mother, who quickly appeared from a thicket close by. They came right towards the vehicle as they headed towards their mother, allowing some lovely close up portraits, so close in fact that I could not fit the whole cub in the frame.
This lioness was laying on the edge of the Mara River watching the world go by when she saw some movement close by and went off to investigate. We followed her to find she was stalking a Monitor Lizard in the heavily grazed grass and she was very curious about it. It looked an awful lot like a domestic cat playing with a toy mouse, as it circled around it. It soon lost interest and rested within a few feet of it, eventually dozing off.
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