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Lioness - African Queen This photograph was taken by Pietie Beytell, Chief Conservation Scientist within Namibia.  Also, the copyright and all other relevant rights of this image is reserved by the Namibian Government, under the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Directorate of Scientific Services.  This image may not be used, copied or altered in any way.  <br />
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The copyright terms and photograph as described above, is a rare opportunity for Jungle Dragon to enter into the arena of National Conservation (Government).  Please do not abuse or miss-use this privilege.  <br />
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This specific lioness was photographed from a helicopter by conservation scientists within Namibia.  They were conducting an annual &quot;block count&quot; by air, determining population dynamics and densities.  When they spotted this lioness, they noticed that she had very small cubs with her.  At that moment the lioness had enough of the intrusion and noise, and she lunged at the helicopter.  This shows the determination and absolute lack of fear that these gracious predators hold.  They absolutely believe that their power is strong enough to conquer anything ... even a strange and noisy machine that hangs in the air.  <br />
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The African Lion&#039;s gene pool is shrinking at an alarming rate, which in turns increases vulnerability to disease and subsequent fatalities.  The Etosha National Park Lions have a very rare and valuable trait.  They are &quot;cat HIV&quot; immune.  Yes, hard to believe, but lions do get and have HIV, specific to their species.  Being immune to this deadly strain, the Etosha Lions are an absolute treasure to the country and its conservation efforts.  In the past, some of these lions were &quot;traded&quot; with neighboring countries.  1 Lion would be traded for 8 White Rhino.  This gives an idea of its value.  <br />
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This photo will be listed under the Wildlife Stories forum ... For the Love of Lions.   Geotagged,Lion,Namibia,Panthera leo,Spring,angry,beautiful,color,determination,fantastic,focus,golden,lioness,park,protected,splendor,wonder Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Lioness - African Queen

This photograph was taken by Pietie Beytell, Chief Conservation Scientist within Namibia. Also, the copyright and all other relevant rights of this image is reserved by the Namibian Government, under the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Directorate of Scientific Services. This image may not be used, copied or altered in any way.

The copyright terms and photograph as described above, is a rare opportunity for Jungle Dragon to enter into the arena of National Conservation (Government). Please do not abuse or miss-use this privilege.

This specific lioness was photographed from a helicopter by conservation scientists within Namibia. They were conducting an annual "block count" by air, determining population dynamics and densities. When they spotted this lioness, they noticed that she had very small cubs with her. At that moment the lioness had enough of the intrusion and noise, and she lunged at the helicopter. This shows the determination and absolute lack of fear that these gracious predators hold. They absolutely believe that their power is strong enough to conquer anything ... even a strange and noisy machine that hangs in the air.

The African Lion's gene pool is shrinking at an alarming rate, which in turns increases vulnerability to disease and subsequent fatalities. The Etosha National Park Lions have a very rare and valuable trait. They are "cat HIV" immune. Yes, hard to believe, but lions do get and have HIV, specific to their species. Being immune to this deadly strain, the Etosha Lions are an absolute treasure to the country and its conservation efforts. In the past, some of these lions were "traded" with neighboring countries. 1 Lion would be traded for 8 White Rhino. This gives an idea of its value.

This photo will be listed under the Wildlife Stories forum ... For the Love of Lions.

    comments (2)

  1. Thank you so much for the dedication in sharing it here, and in such a generous way. I love the unique timing of the moment. That looks in its eyes is totally "cat".

    This may sound silly, but our domestic cat has the same look in its eyes when I throw food in the air, it triggers some kind of intense obsession with the target, and everything else moves to the background, including fear.
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks Ferdy, as always, for you encouraging remarks. I am still working on getting that "Million Dollar Shot", but for the time being this is hopefully the first of many from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET).

      Absolutely, instinct is a wonderful thing that occurs so naturally. It does not sound silly about your cat ... but at least it wont eat you!
      Posted 4 years ago

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The lion is one of the five big cats in the genus ''Panthera'' and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies found in Africa. With some males exceeding 250 kg in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia while other types of lions have disappeared from North Africa and Southwest Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene, about 10,000 years.. more

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Uploaded Apr 22, 2015. Captured Oct 13, 2011 13:20 in Omusati, Namibia.
  • NIKON D90
  • f/6.3
  • 10/6400s
  • ISO200
  • 200mm