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Face to Face with a Lion

Serengeti National Park – a national park area of ​​14,763 square kilometers Serengeti in the region, located in Tanzania. It is home to more than 3,500 lions living in dozens of Pride.

Photographer Nick Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson made several trips to the Serengeti in the period from July 2011 to January 2013. The film was shot with two cameras mounted on a special remote-controlled mobile tools to make pictures of predators as possible at close range. 242 000 photos and 200 hours of video – this is the result of the work.

Lions caught African warthog (like a wild boar with a few flattened, A very large head). Pride for a small dinner. But such small “meals” help to overcome hunger season in the park, or will be very hungry cubs. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

A feast for the Lions begins with the arrival of the rainy season: fresh green grass attracts huge herds of wildebeest in this region. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

The dry season in the Serengeti is difficult for everyone. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

(Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

The Cubs are still too young to hunt, but old enough to eat meat. In Pride hunt, mainly females. Zebra and wildebeest – a great catch. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

The cub playing with his father-lion. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

Spicy moment. In the future, the place of the lion-father can come other males, and then they kill strangers cubs. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

Lion’s tenderness. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

Number of pride can reach 30-40 animals. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

Males usually do not participate in hunting, except in cases where the victim is a large animal – for example, a giraffe or buffalo. The mission of the male – protection of the territory. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

Male lions have a large mane of thick hair up to 40 cm in length mane of a lion visually increases in size, and also helps to intimidate other males and attract females. Charles Darwin conjectured that the mane protects the neck of the animal from biting. But over time, this hypothesis was rejected.

A wet lion looks pretty comical. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

Lions are sverhhischnikami, ie occupy the top position in the food chain. (Photo © Michael Nichols | National Geographic):

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