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Lion King

Country: Botswana                                            
Location: Okavango Delta               
Reserve: Selinda Game Reserve 
Camp: Selinda

Lion King

This picture shows the majestic Lion King surveying the territory atop an enormous termite mound, ever alert for danger or an easy meal. He perfectly reveals his stunning physique while staring right into the camera lens. His eyes, his heavy, thick, dark mane, his beautiful coat, even his long tasseled tail are on display.  This is one healthy male lion -- A true Lion King.

His mane hair is stiff and wiry, like stiff horsehair. Besides its primary role of protecting him during fights, it has been discovered that female lions prefer males with bigger and darker manes. The color of his coat and mane is not so much determined by the color of the hair, but by the ratio of light-colored hairs to dark-colored hairs.
Lions, like most cats, are visual animals. The eyes are well-adapted for use under very low light. The white circles just below his eyes help reflect light into the eyes to further improve his night vision. Lions, like most cats, have limited ability to move their eyes side-to-side, and must turn the head to look in a different direction.
The lion's tail is the only tail in the cat family with a tassel at the tip. This tassel conceals a spine, which is the last few tail bones fused together. This spine's function is unknown. The tail is however, very important for his overall balance.

Lions are the biggest, and most social, of the African cats.

This picture was taken at the Selinda Game Reserve.  The 320,000-acre Selinda Game Reserve, located to the northeast of the Okavango Delta, is characterized by its game rich floodplains straddling the Selinda Spillway, linking the Okavango Delta and the Linyanti Swamps, waterways and savannahs in northern Botswana. The Selinda Spillway is like no other. It is a river that can flow in two directions, depending on where the water levels are the highest. In most years it flows in both directions with water pushing 'up' from the Linyanti waterways and also 'down' from the west, fed by the waters of the Okavango Delta. The Linyanti River later becomes the Chobe River.

Many varied habitats are within the Selinda Reserve -- marshes, waterways, riverine forests, dry woodlands and wide dry grasslands dotted with small 'islands' of palm forest as far as the eye can see. Selinda is a derivative meaning "many small pools of water" in the Khoesan language of northern Botswana.

     
     
     
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