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Elephants trunk.  The Kruger National Park, South Africa

Elephants trunk.  The Kruger National Park, South Africa

Lion at night. The Kruger National Park, South Africa

Lion at night. The Kruger National Park, South Africa

Lion at night
Elephant's trunk
Leopard comng down a tree. The Kruger National Park, South Africa

Leopard comng down a tree. The Kruger National Park, South Africa

Lions at night

Wide eyes and coming alive at dusk

Lions start to come alive at dusk - trading their lazy energy to one of alertness as they ready themselves for a hunt in the coming night. In this heightened state the lions are extra perceptive to any change in their environment, for they are hungry for a chase - their pupils widen and their nostrils open as they ready themselves for challenges ahead.  The saying goes that a lion sees you a hundred times before you see it, making it all the more thrilling to be in their company, photographing them in this exaggerated state. 

Leopard coming down a tree
Lions at night

Lions by day

Lions under the hot African sun

While always thrilling to be in the company of lions, they do spend a lot of the day dozing idly under the hot African sun, occasionally yawning or socialising.