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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