Category Archives: Mammals

Pride Bosses

Pride Bosses

Lion Panthera leo

In the previous post I mentioned that the particular lion pride shown there was ruled by two males. These are they!

This image was captured in the Masai Mara conservancy, south west Kenya, East Africa.

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©2015 Duncan Blackburn

The Nursery

The Nursery

Lion     Panthera leo

The lion, also known as the African lion, is one of the five big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The undisputed kings of the wild!

I recently visited the Masai Mara in Kenya, East Africa, with the intention of spending some quiet “out of season” time with the three Big Cats viz. lion, leopard and cheetah. The scene here is some of the female and cub members of a fourteen strong pride. This pride is ruled by two males. We were to encounter this pride on a number of separate occasions in the Mara and were extremely fortunate to witness some hunting activities.

This image was captured in the Masai Mara conservancy, south west Kenya, East Africa.

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©2015 Duncan Blackburn

Languishing!

Languishing!

Leopard   Panthera pardus

The leopard is a member of the Felidae family with a wide range in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia to Siberia. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List because it is declining in large parts of its range due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and hunting for trade and pest control.

On an early morning game drive we  encountered this beautiful female leopard enjoying the warmth of the morning sun. She had made herself comfortable on the top of an old termite mound, and was quite unperturbed  by the presence of our vehicle or by the the clicking of our camera shutters!

This image was captured in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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Head Scratch!

Head Scratch!

Lion      Panthera leo

The lion is one of the five big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia.

This particularly beautiful lioness was enjoying an afternoon rest in the warm sunshine. This image was captured in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Rock Fig

Rock Fig

Leopard   Panthera pardus

The leopard is a member of the Felidae family with a wide range in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, West Asia, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia to Siberia. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List because it is declining in large parts of its range due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and hunting for trade and pest control.

A recent visit to Rock Fig Lodge on the Timbavati Private Game Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa produced some dramatic leopard sitings. This image is of the namesake mother leopard currently parenting a single male cub.

The black-and-white medium just seems appropriate for this dramatic early morning image!

Refreshing!

Refreshing!

African Elephant     Loxodonta africana

Water is a pre-requisite for life — and no more so than in the heart of Southern Africa! This small group of elephant have come down to the river for a refreshing and life-sustaining drink.

This image was captured on the Chobe River, near the town of Kasane, northern Botswana, Southern Africa.

Mother and Child

Mother and Child

African Elephant   Loxodonta africana

These fine examples of the African Elephant are wading back to the south bank of the Chobe River after enjoying an afternoon’s grazing on one of the many islands in the river.

This image was captured on the Chobe River, near Kasane, northern Botswana, Southern Africa.