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The first ever sighting of lions at Limpopo-Lipadi

A personal account from the first person to see the lions that have claimed Limpopo-Lipadi as their own territory.

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Seeing the opportunity the lions jumped onto the baby hippo!

A lion bites off more than it can chew

A young lion attempts to take on a pod of hippo at Kruger’s Sunset Dam.

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Regionally extinct lion seen in Gabon

New footage shows evidence of a lion, believed to be nationally extinct, in southeastern Gabon

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One lion’s life – a lesson about hunting

What the life and death of Big John the lion has to teach about trophy hunting and dwindling lion populations.

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An epic battle between a lion and a buffalo

An epic battle between a lion and a buffalo in the South Luangwa National Park.

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Waterbuck on the menu

A lion pride hunts and kills a waterbuck despite the antelope’s off-putting taste.

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Get involved to protect the African lion

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a proposal to list the African lion under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as Threatened.

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Guess the track…

Can you figure out whose animal track this is?

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The most prolific lion hunters captured the attention of the ladies, this event provides the young men with an alternative way to demonstrate physical prowess.

Warriors do battle at the Maasai Olympics

The Maasai Olympics is an attempt to engage young men, who might otherwise have been the ones hunting lions, and demonstrate that conservation can mean something to the Maasai people.

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Each of the lions participated in the attack of the leopard

9 lions vs. 1 leopard

This does not end well for the young adult leopard, and it is a reminder of the competition that exists among predators.

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The great bond that existed between Batian  the lion and Gareth Patterson. © Louise Gubb, 1990

Book review: My Lion’s Heart by Gareth Patterson

Gareth Patterson’s book, My Lion’s Heart, is the incredible story of one man’s determination to give a small group of young orphaned lions a fresh start in life.

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Remains of 12 lions found in Senegal crackdown

Remains of 12 lions found with 2 600 animals parts, as five arrested in Senegal crackdown

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Swim, lion baby, swim!

Two lionesses with 6 cubs face a daunting deep river crossing. Two of the cubs refuse the swim and get separated with potentially devastating consequences. You won’t believe the dedication of the mothers.

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How to draw lions – the stages of a field sketch

Alison Nicholls’ recreates her lion watercolour painting in studio in order to show us the stages of a field sketch.

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Image by Liam Burrough

Pictures of the Month – September 2014

The top five photos for the month of September – a selection of interesting African pictures.

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Lioness and cub close to Nossob Camp, Kgalagadi. Image by Heinrich Röntgen.

Pictures of the Month – August 2014

Here are the top five images from Africa Geographic’s August Picture of the Month competition.

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African inspired art making a difference

Jacha Potgieter tells us how his African animal inspired artwork is raising awareness for conservation issues around the world.

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Damaraland lion dead

The Desert Lion Project is sad to report that the “Terrace Male” (Xpl-68) was killed near Tomakas village sometime after midday on 24 Aug 2014.

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Watch as Alison Nicholls helps in the painting of a school in rural Tanzania.

Where is the lion’s eye?

Watch as Alison Nicholls helps in the painting of a school in rural Tanzania.

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Desert lion, Rosh, shot and killed by farmers.

Male lion from Puros region of Namibia shot and killed by farmers in the ongoing battle between lions and humans over livestock.

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Hippo versus lion on the Chobe River

Some fascinating interaction took place on the Chobe River in northern Botswana recently, between two of the bigger species that are found there.

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King of beasts with his tail between his legs

Rhino River Lodge’s game ranger, Frances Hannah, retells the amazing and rather comical story of a brave little black rhino and how he sent a big, bad lion bolting into the bush.

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A Namibian’s view on hunting in his home country

Namibian John K Kasaona gives a local’s view on the Namibian hunting debate.

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Rhino trophies banned from Australia

Australians who travel overseas to hunt rhinoceroses will no longer be allowed to bring home their slaughter.

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A lion brawl

A dramatic fight between lions at Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve.

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A lesson from lions on how not to approach a potential meal

A pride of lions take on a buffalo but a keen youngster is a bit too eager in her approach.

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Welgevonden: A quintessential safari experience

Michael Schwartz reminisces about the splendid sights of Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa, on his first ever African Safari. Although, one of the smaller African parks it still left a huge impression.

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Tony Park and the Africa Geographic winners with Tony's new book, The Prey

Tanda Tula welcomes Tony Park

Tony and his wife, Nicola, were accompanied by the winners of the Africa Geographic competition for an exclusive three-night experience at the new Tanda Tula Field Camp where tracking game on foot was the order of the day.

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Lion takes down wild dog

A lioness takes a leap at some unsuspecting wild dogs in South Africa.

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Leaping lion catches antelope in mid-air attack

A flying lion leaps from a ridge to catch a fleeing antelope in mid-air.

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The lion and the honey badger

Don Scott, owner of Tanda Tula, regales the tale of the tenacious honey badger that took on a lioness in the guest loo.

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A close call between predators

A leopard cub is involved in a tense stand off with a pride of lions for the remains of a buffalo carcass.

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The tale of the lion cubs meeting their (potential) dad

Here is the tale of the lion cubs as told by Rhino River Lodge’s experienced ranger, Frances Hannah:

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Dramatic video of hyenas attacking a lion in Hwange

An astonishing video of a cackle of hyenas taking on a lioness in Hwange National Park.

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Lion vs. Warthog

This is the moment a warthog stepped into the path of a hungry lion and then became its prey. The incredible pictures show the warthog step into the lion’s den, but it was only ever going to end one way, as the predator then leaps out with brute force to capture the animal.

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Lioness gored by buffalo horn lives to see another day

Lioness Siena from the Marsh Pride of lions in the Masai Mara was badly injured on her left lower flank by a buffalo horn. Without intervention it is certain that Siena would not have survived this injury and her cubs would also have been in jeopardy.

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Injured lion in Kgalagadi guest camp

During a visit to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, this blogger discovers an injured lion in camp.

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Lions and jackal clash over kill

Jackals and lions clash over a hartebeest kill in the Kgalagadi.

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Brave lioness takes on croc to protect cubs

Amazing images of a mother lion taking on a deadly crocodile to give her cubs a safe swim across a river in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

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A lion show down in the Kgalagadi

During a game drive at Ta Shebube Lodge near Polentswa, Scott Ramsay gets to witness (and photograph) a lion show down between rivals. See the photos here.

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Tragic end for the little elephant who got lost

Harrowing pictures of a lion single-handedly taking down baby elephant after a 30 minute chase.

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Flying lion

This lion was flipped five metres into the air by a buffalo in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

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Lion attacks eland

A nail-biting series of images of a lion launching an attack on an eland in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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A playful pride of lion cubs

An adorable selection of images featuring some playful lion cubs in Kenya’s Masai Mara.

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A lion and elephant encounter in Savute

In the remote setting of Savute, this photographer watches a lone lion feasting on an elephant carcass and an interesting encounter ensues.

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The Lion, Hyena and the Tragedy of the Baby Giraffe

By Jemima Middleton I have always been told that after the rains, the bush erupts in a frenzy of territory-marking and reclamation of domains, as the storms wash away all previous signs of ownership and dominance. As a result, the

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