The photographer cached such a special lion's expression... perfect, we can see the animal's character here. Thank you, Michael!
This is great information on the Serengeti lions, thank you. I would like for these lions to have a happier life. It brings me sadness reading about the survival of these lions. I would like to receive updates on Hildur and C-boy. In the above photo, Hildur shakes the rain from his mane, but it made me laughed, such a cute photo, love it; he has a funny look, but cute; these are such beautiful creatures.
The article "The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion." was a great read. I've come to expect no less from each featured story. I salivate like one of Pavlov's dogs, waiting for my monthly Nat'l Geo. to arrive. Thanks for 40 years (this year) of amazing articles, pictures and information. National Geographic subscriptions are worth every penny!
"Born free, as free as the wind blows, as free as the grass grows. Born free to follow your heart".
'Born Free' video — http://youtu.be/RmLkdBC9qD8 Music by John Barry. Song by Don Black.
Starring Virginia McKenna OBE, songstress Kerry Ellis & legendary Queen guitarist Brian May.
'Born Free' is the story of the lioness Elsa, raised in captivity and then released into the wild.The 1966 film starring Virginia McKenna OBE won: Oscar for Best Music and Best Song;Golden Globe for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Song; Grammy for Best Film Score.
— Gary Conn
We, as the Intelligent Species, have let a lot of people down. Not too long ago, in the 1950's, There were Approximately Five,(5) Million African Lions. That was, about 60+ years ago. Now the news, that most people have little time for, or just don't care....."Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind", fits this scenario, and could also Include The Polar Bear, All breeds of Shark, The Monarch Butterfly, and my Personal Passion, The Bengal & Siberian Tiger. Join "Cause An Up Roar", in an effort to save The Big Cats. The Serengeti was once dominated by Several, Large Lion Prides, which ONLY was this Magnificent Animal's domain, of about 5 Million."Kings of The Beast"! That number, right now is UNDER the Million mark!...Why..? Are Homo Sapiens going to sit back and watch This Creature, go the way of The Dinosaur? There are MORE Lions, Tigers, and Pumas,(Mountain Lion) in Zoos, than there are in the wild!.............The Tiger, especially The Biggest of them all, The Siberian, have seen their numbers reach to UNDER 300! With the Climate change,-- that some morons do NOT believe in,-- The Forests of Siberia, are now building housing for those who are still rugged, but when they see a Full Grown Siberian tiger, which some have reached out to be in the 800 lb range,the Human will do what comes naturally,...If They can NOT understand, that by killing off the Tiger's food supply, The Tiger will kill the farmer's livestock, and the Irate Farmer will Kill the Tiger! As of this time that I write this, The Siberian has fallen under the 300 mark. Tigers No Longer roams free in China,because they have been ALL Killed off! Same for The Sumatra Tiger..GONE..! In India, where it was a custom to let a dignitary ride atop an Indian Elephant, and kill as many tigers, Have them stuffed and mounted in some Idiots home. I have NO SYMPATHY, when I hear of a mauling in India, as well as Siberia.....Leave them the F**K Alone. Once there were Millions of Bengal Tigers, In fact, some of the Scientists, and Animal Protection Agency, have their number to be @ 2500! More Tigers, Lions, Leopards, Jaguars, and Puma's are in Jail,(Zoo's) than where the should be. I am NOT preaching about the Idiots who kill the Animal,-Love to see one of them being chased out of the bush, by Elephants, then get their freaking heads blown off, that's part of it,-- but we are unbalancing that "Thing", called The ECO-SYSTEM! Man may have the smarts, but Not the knowledge, that one day, our Grandchildren will walk into a Nature and Field Museum, and there will be, "The Last Tiger"! Man is good at one thing,...better than anything else, when in doubt....Use that .405 Magnum,High Powered Rifle,that Santa La Pierre gave you for Christmas, along with the 4 Inch Hollow Point Ammo,...AND...Let's go shoot a Tiger! Man is Earth's Worst enemy, and as long as we sell guns that can cut a Telephone Pole in Half, or for the 1st timers, who are really scared, so he brings along a .50 Cal. Rifle that can bring down a Plane....What chance do any of our living species, Neighbors have?......................Then String a 60 Mile Net in the Oceans, and make sure we clean out that environment out, also!.........THE END?
I read "The Short Happy Life Of a Serengeti Lion" in my National Geographic en espanol and fell in love with Michael Nichols photographs (as usual!) and the story of C-Boy and Hildur. It's a pleasure to see them here once more.
Beautiful, rousing story of C-Boy. And as told us by Quammen, which I can only locate an analogy with so many stories of people in exile. Because although it is a natural process with evolutionary basis, so C-Boy is an exile. Exemplary survival. Thanks.
Ok, this one made me smile. I love it when my cats do that and then look dizzy afterwards. It's very cool the way they're sitting side by side like that. Well done Michael.
usually one says "a picture is worth a thousand words", but however aweinspiring this photo is, the article that goes with this is written in way that captures my imagination even more! thank you NG
Should these beautiful animals be hunted for trophies like an NFL player, a kicker for the Indianapolis Colts did to mount on his wall? I say...NO!!!! They belong wild and free in their native land....
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