|Images of Africa|
|by John Walker|
The male lion who occasioned the withering stare from the lioness above decided to delay his entrance until the cubs had returned to playing beneath the vulture tree. Here's the noble beast striking a pose while his harem loads up on protein. This is not a telephoto shot--the lions in this picture are about as close as they appeared from the Land Rover. Several generations of lions have lived and died since they last were hunted in this area, and lions do not consider the silhouette of a Land Rover as a threat. Passengers on game drives are advised to never stand up in their seats, as that creates a profile which animals may consider threatening.