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Precious Eyes

Country: Botswana                                            
Location: Okavango Delta               
Reserve: Moremi Game Reserve 
Camp: Duba Plains  


Precious Eyes

This picture shows an incredibly close portrait of a young lion cub. Every detail shows perfect. His eyes reflect the clear blue sky and part of a nearby tree. Every hair of his fur appears just coiffed.   Could you say 'no' to the trusting eyes of this extraordinary 18-20 week old cub? The face makes it is easy to understand how early European settlers in Africa could adopt an abandoned lion cub. 

This Picture was taken on the Okavango Delta. The Okavango Delta is rightly considered one of the most incredible wildlife and wilderness sanctuaries in Africa.  It is the largest inland delta system in the world, an area of about 6000 square miles, a mosaic of grasslands, floodplains, palm-tree islets, forests, lily lagoons and winding water channels, all combined into a perfectly constructed puzzle, in which animals wander as they please.   What makes this area most remarkable is that it is a wetland paradise located deep within the arid Kalahari Desert. The Okavango is Africa's largest and most beautiful oasis. The water of the Okavango literally floats on a saturated sea of sand.

Duba Plains is one of the Okavango Delta's most remote camps and is located in the furthermost reaches, north of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve. The camp is built on an island shaded by large ebony, fig and mangosteen trees and surrounded by expansive plains which are seasonally flooded.

Dereck and Beverly Joubert, the world renowned husband and wife wildlife documentary team, spent two years among the prides of lions and a large buffalo herds at Duba Plains Camp filming  Relentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo, for National Geographic.

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