6167 Lioness

6167 Lioness - Africa In Color
Our guides at Ruaha knew we wanted the good close-up photos, and did everything they could to get us set up for them. In this one instance, they drove down off the primary river bank into this shaded sandy area to get a better look at a pride of lions, only to find they had very small cubs! This lioness went on alert and we found ourselves in what Martha and I thought to be one of two tense moments with wildlife during the entire safari. We were in an open top vehicle with no doors and no protection. She could have easily have jumped up in our laps and our analysis was she would have if we had made one untoward move at the cubs. Martha could not maintain eye contact and she was leaning over me with her head pulled aside saying, "YOU should be over here..." I knew it was tense but I was frantically shooting photos of the cubs and a flurry of movement would not have been adviseable. Needless to say, I was relieved when the rig's engine STARTED and we were able to continue on our way without the lioness detecting any weakness or undue sense of concern.

6196 Lion Cub

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