World Lion Day was marked on 10 August, its purpose to create awareness of the threats faced by the King of the Beasts. Wild lion numbers in Africa are declining rapidly. In the past 50 years, wild lion numbers have decreased by between 80 to 90 % with an estimated 25 000 remaining in the wild on the continent – a worrying trend with some believing that the wild lion might be extinct in the within a decade.
In Namibia it is believed that there are just below 1 000 lions left in the wild – based on sub-populations spread out between the Kunene region, Caprivi, Khaudum, Etosha and the Kalahari.
Despite the low numbers, the status of the Namibian lion is regarded by many as ‘healthy’. After at least ten years of above-average rainfall in most parts of Namibia, as well as valuable data collected by researchers, it is believed that lion numbers and their distribution have increased in some regions.
Conservation remains a challenge with lions facing serious threats from poaching and illegal hunting, culling by farmers wishing to protect livestock, declining numbers of prey in drought years and loss of habitat.
This female lion was sat next to the gravel road in Etosha. Her three male cubs rested in the shade on the other side of the road. Always a thrill so see but never guaranteed this lady was quite unconcerned about our presence.
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Nicou (105721) 2013-08-30 7:01
Quel compo et captage de cette lionne sueprbe couchée dans l'herbe sous les arbres fantastique image avec ces contraste sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
MGHPARSI (679) 2013-08-30 7:09
Very Good Picture,B & W and Lights.
subhendu_bagchi (21006) 2013-08-30 8:09
here you presented a nice photograph of the king of Africa, i.e, King Lion. Great moment. Probably his stomach is loaded and it is the resting time of him. Great presentation with monochrome but I would certainly like to see the colour one of such wild life shots. The black and white suits with your note that tells a sad future about it... Really a matter to worry. Anyway very nice composition. Good depth. Nice work. Tfs.
carlo62 (19357) 2013-08-30 13:58
triste nota di accompagnamento, questo splendido animale è a rischio di estinzione, sarebbe un grande peccato.
Speriamo che questa femmina sia portatrice di molti cuccioli.
Urs (14078) 2013-08-30 18:18
The day of the lion, you could say so, but this lioness seems to be rather tired and not interested in any big party in her honour. Excellent b&w shot with all the subtle grey hues. Well done
ChrisJ (91238) 2013-08-31 1:19
So sad. It's the same story with the tiger in India with the Sundabarn mangrove forests in the Ganges delta rapidly disappearing (for dwellings and firewood) along with their habitat. Good sharpness and tonal range and dof. Excellent graphism of the dark trees. Tfs!
Noel_Byrne (13284) 2013-08-31 3:41
I hate to use a cliché, but sometimes its hard to resist. Awimbawe, awimbawe, awimbawe.... :)
You know I found it interesting to learn on a tv show recently that not only do lions sleep very little at night, but they don't sleep in the jungle either as they just don't live there. One of my favourite childhood songs was built on falshoods!!
Your shot is beautiful, and a wonderful celebration of World Lion Day. Such majestic creatures. What I love here is that you have put a different slant on the vibe of this mighty cat, we are so used to seeing them roar, or hunt or look fearsome, but this one looks quite mellow and content, almost the attitude of a domestic cat. Certainly I can see the similarities in her pose. A beautiful choice for black and white as well, it makes the scene timeless.
Best wishes from Ireland! Somebody told me today that the weather here is supposed to be great for at least the next week!!
bukitgolfb301 (32614) 2013-08-31 16:46
Hi dear Rosemary
Ya great typical Afraican image indeed. Her brave and stunnnig pose and atmosphere is so well presented. Overexposure at the background isd very effective to enhance the main sunbect, nice and great technique and strategy!
All the best and have a good weekend! Takero
wolf38 (29116) 2013-08-31 22:33
Hello Rosemary. There must be something special to see such wildlife in the wild. Most people only see lions in Zoo or circus. Nice that you managed this shot.
Glint (5911) 2013-09-01 0:34
Converting to b & w has worked here as the lioness is framed by illuminated grass that gives dof. Interesting note about the decline in lion numbers. I hope that you will continue to have the opportunity to see such sites forever more.
fabbs99 (11066) 2013-09-03 23:46
Lovely shot of the lion in black and white . Very well done.TFS.
rigoletto (32752) 2013-09-06 4:16
i didn't know that a world lion day existed! if it were some 10 days earlier, it would also cover the people with leo sign :P
i liked a lot the way they behave unconcerned about the presence of photographers. the idea of them attacking people is one of the major prejudieces regarding safari tours, i presume. i like the b&w rendering.
drt100 (2029) 2013-09-15 13:36
Like a drawing ... an interesting view in B&W. Not often de we get to such places and see life in the wild ... A few days ago I was in Alaska, USA and found myself about 4 feet from a large black bear. I stood still as he slowly went by ... great and scary to see wonderful creatures ... close. TFS