The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion

Death is always near, and teamwork is essential on the Serengeti—even for a magnificent, dark-maned male known as C-Boy.   Lions kill lions.C-Boy, defending his interests, confronts that peril on a daily (and nightly) basis. Image © Michael Nichols/National Geographic

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Large cubs of the Vumbi pride and a grown female (fifth from left) feast on a wildebeest. The darkest, moonless hours are prime hunting time because the cats can see better than their prey. These black-and-white photographs were made with infrared light to minimize disruption to the lions.

 

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C-Boy and a Vumbi female relax between matings. During estrus a female may be monopolized for days by a single male consort. Dark manes correlate with robustness, and dark-maned studs like C-Boy are preferred.
The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion

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The images are from the August issue of National Geographic magazine.

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