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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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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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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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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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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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Fear of the Dark on the ‘Dark Continent’

Fear of the unknown is probably the only phobia that affects every single person on the planet.  What has enabled human beings to rise to an unsurpassed intellectual plane is the capacity of the brain.  The gift of imagination has

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10 reasons to suspect lions are an alien species

I’ve often wondered whether lions originally came from another planet… Why, you may ask? Well, my suspicions initially surfaced during my time as a guide in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa, when I spent many hours a day following

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In search of the Cinderella Waxbill

4th  - 8th November – Northward! I’m moving on to greener pastures these days, heading up north to the Kunene River on the Angolan border. Did I mention the veterinary fence? It runs from the ocean all the way into

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AfriCat North, looking after lions in Namibia.

31st October – 3rd November 2012. The 31st October was Halloween and I got a real creepy experience when I arrived at  Kavita Lion Lodge in Namibia. I met my first dead Zebra snake which had settled in Chalet 2.

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10 most ‘liked’ wildlife photos from our readers

In our last issue of Safari we asked you to send us your best wildlife photographs from Africa. We received hundreds of entrants, wittled it down to three winners, and were left with a Facebook album of wildlife eye-candy. Here

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A lion's sense of humour

By Alek Komarnitsky This photo was taken June 28, 2012 in Nairobi National Park. I was staying at Emakoko, a great new lodge inside the park. Due to late rains, the grass was high and the lions used this sign

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David vs Goliath: Lion cubs get caught in Etosha traffic!

By Matthew Weaver Working as a guide in the bush, one gets the opportunity to experience unbelievable wildlife sights. But in three years guiding I have never seen anything like what we saw that fated afternoon in Etosha National Park.

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Africa’s greatest animal dads

Having recently celebrated a first Father’s Day with our baby son it got me thinking that fathers in the animal kingdom often get a bad rap but surely there must be some good dads?  So, here are the prize winners

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A battle in the trees!

Recently, photographer Dana Allen and I found Legadema the leopard with the kill of a young red lechwe below a knob thorn tree. Other guides out on drive told us that three young male lions from the Mporota Pride were

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The black-maned lioness of the Okavango

There is a small pride of lions at Mombo Camp in the Okavango called the Western Pride. One particular female within this pride – known by the locals as Mmamoriri – is very special. She has a dark, full mane,

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Kruger Kill: Chain Reaction

Vultures diving in the distance alerted us to the potential presence of a carcass. Excitement rushed over us at the thought of a nearby predator so we hurried over for closer inspection. As we arrived on the scene there were

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The unforgiving: lions on the hunt

The pride of lions met us on the road in full force. They were littered along the track, traipsing straight toward us like indomitable soldiers. Bringing up the rear of this massive pride were the two dominant “Golf Course” males,

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Money for honey – and a spotty cat

This is the day I have been preparing for, the visit to Singita Grumeti’s community outreach programme. We head for the environmental centre, passing topi, warthogs, the ubiquitous zebras and birds galore. We visit the local school, a beekeeper who

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