Snarl by MarselvanOosten

Well, not really. Quite often when you see a photograph of a yawning lion, the photographer will try to make you believe that it was snarling. When a lion starts yawning, the first part of the yawn will clearly look like a yawn, but at the very end of it, the expression on the face of the lion will indeed look like a growl or a snarl.

To make people believe that a lion is snarling when it is actually yawning, will spread the wrong idea about these cats, and will unnecessarily portray them as monsters. Humans like to monsterize predators, and that’s why we get Predator Week, Shark Week, The Deadliest This and The Deadliest That on television. It’s a shame, because these beautiful animals are so much more than just killing machines.

This lioness looks pretty vicious, but you guessed it – she’s yawning. Lions spend most of the day sleeping. A male may sleep from 18 to 20 hours a day. However following a large meal, these male cats may actually sleep an entire 24 hours of a day. Female lions are not far behind their male counterparts. They will easily sleep 15 to 18 hours a day. They spend more time caring for the pride and hunting.

In just a few months, I will lead two photo tours in Botswana where we will focus our attention on lions, and especially on lions hunting buffalo.

One of the places we will visit is Duba Plains, an island in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. The island has a herd of about 2,000 Cape buffalo, and a large pride of lions. Both buffalo and lion got there over a decade ago in a year when crossing the channels was possible. Since then both have pretty much been trapped on the island. For reasons nobody fully understands, the Duba lions mainly hunt during daylight – the reverse of the situation in most parts of Africa. This is obviously perfect for photography and our chances to see some lion action are much bigger here than anywhere else in Africa.

If you’ve never been to Botswana, then you absolutely should. It’s wildlife photography heaven. Our first tour is fully booked, but we have three openings on the 25 April – 4 May trip.

If you’re interested, then please check out our website for more information on this trip:
Buffalo, Lions & Wild Dogs

Hope to see you there!



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____Angry Mama____ by hakem

Lion roar by Fotostyle_Schindler

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Lion,Kyoto. by PAkDocK

Besides the Palace itself, another beautiful thing about the Imperial Palace in Kyoto is its temples and gardens.

Details, colours, moss…you can almost smell the centuries.
Love the bokeh of the Nokton.

Kyoto, Japan. 2015

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Lion and Rain by WimvandenHeever

It was cold and raining with a strong wind blowing when this huge male lion stood up.
He turned and faced the wind and stood there smelling the air for several minutes. No doubt he could smell his next move.

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Eyes of a King by mariomoreno

A close up portrait of a male Lion captured in Northern Kruger, South Africa. If you want to join me on an upcoming departure go to The Big Cats Photographic Safari

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The Queen’s Stare by markneedham

Title: The Queen’s Stare
Location: Masai Mara, Kenya
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Fun Fact: The roar of a lion can be heard from 8 kilometers (5 miles) away!

They Need Your Help Now: Wild lion populations have plummeted from 450,000 in the 1940s to 20,000 today (a 95% drop) due to issues such as loss of prey and habitat, hunting, poaching, and pesticides! In fact, lions from the renowned Marsh Pride in Kenya’s Masai Mara (seen in the Disney movie African Cats, and in the BBC Big Cat Diary) were poisoned this week by ranchers, and three lions have died. Africa’s wildlife desperately needs our help, so please consider donating to respected groups such as the Big Cats Initiative ( and Rhinos Without Borders (

About This Image: This lioness was photographed in Mara North Conservancy in the greater Masai Mara in Kenya. She belonged to a massive pride of 50 lions (biggest I had ever seen) that were split into a few subgroups. Many of these lions were lazing in the grass, but a few of the cubs jumped up onto a large rock, which caught the attention of this lioness for just a few seconds, but long enough to make this image. Wild and no compositional elements changed.

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Venetian Sunrise by EnricoQuaglia

A tourist free Saint Mark’s square at 6 a.m. enabled me to fire a quick panorama shot of this stunning part of the city. Almost surreal.

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