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A young and lonely lioness of Serengeti, having a peaceful rest under the shade of a tree.

She had swollen breasts (check the WS), so we thought that she had to have her cubs around, but she was lonely. Maybe away for some hunting business, but then why was she lonely? Lost her cubs and suffering in isolation? Who knows...

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During the safari in Serengeti, we saw almost 30 lions, alone or in large families. They do not care for or bitterly ignore human species. Maybe you know how it feels: being ignored by a cat is heartbreaking. To tell the truth, being ignored by a large cat is totally destroying. They don't seem to notice you, pretend to live their daily life even if they are surrounded by hundreds of 4x4s full of photographers with large zoom lenses. Having an eye contact is therefore one in a thousandth chance.

Serengeti is believed to hold the largest population of lions in Africa due in part to the abundance of prey species. More than 3,000 lions live in this ecosystem.

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Additional Photos by Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3083 W: 399 N: 6739] (34109)
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