Lioness Panthera leo
Lionesses do most of the hunting for their pride. They are more effective hunters as they are smaller, swifter and more agile than the males, and unencumbered by the heavy and conspicuous mane, which causes overheating during exertion. They act as a coordinated group with members who perform the same role consistently in order to stalk and bring down the prey successfully.
This beautiful specimen exhibits not only determination to go where she wants to be, but also exudes the incredible power and agility of this typically African predator.
This image was captured in the Masai Mara conservancy, south west Kenya, East Africa.