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The WALL-E of Africa meets the lions

New Zealand photographer Chris McLennan gets a different view of a pride of wild lions in Botswana. McLennan, a travel and wildlife photographer who also guides photo tours in Africa, Alaska, New Zealand and Norway, was on a photographic project for Nikon and HP when he captured these images.

© Chris McLennan

© Chris McLennan

Using a second-hand AquaTech sound blimp for the chassis (which had already been set on fire during its previous life on a Hollywood film set), McLennan – together with friend and business associate Carl Hansen from HP – designed and built a 4 wheel drive, 4 wheel steer, double motor, remote control buggy to house his Nikon D800E camera. The camera was then fired remotely by Chris using a trigger system, which they built into the hand-held remote control.

© Chris McLennan

© Chris McLennan

This pride of eight lions (seven females and one sub-adult male) were immediately curious, stalking and attacking the buggy, much the same as any domestic cat would play with a new toy.

“They were an incredible bunch of wild cats”, said McLennan. “One of the healthiest and most successful hunting prides we had seen. Prior to this shoot they had just finished eating a zebra and had been down at the water hole. One of the females had a serious injury to the right hand side of her face where she was pronged through the cheek by a Lechwe (antelope) horn. Even though the injury never healed, she has successfully raised five litters since then. Besides that they were a stunning bunch of very wild animals. It was an amazing experience to witness and document their incredible hunting instincts from such a unique perspective”.

© Chris McLennan

© Chris McLennan

© Chris McLennan

© Chris McLennan

Chris’s stunning images were photographed by a Nikon D800E, the highest resolution DSLR currently on the market, making them incredibly detailed captures of an amazing moment in the wild.

© Chris McLennan

© Chris McLennan

© Chris McLennan

© Chris McLennan

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© Des Pretorious

Video Copyright: Chris McLennan Photography



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