Black-Maned Lion of the Kalahari
We were fortunate enough to come upon a pride of lions in the Kalahari region of Botswana. There were the male leader, 5 cubs, and 4 females. It was barely sunrise and the pride was returning from a nighttime kill of a wildebeest and feed and were heading in for a well earned nap. First the big male went ahead to make find a safe resting area, then he called a couple of the cubs to join him for a few bonding moments. Finally the rest of the pride came and they settled down for a nap. It was one of the most exciting things I have ever seen. At times we were within 30 feet of the in our open topped vehicle.
The lion (Panthera leo) is in the genus Panthera and the family Felidae. The male lion can be as big as 550 pounds.
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