October 17, 2013

Lions, Serengeti

Photograph by Michael Nichols

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

For male Serengeti lions like Hildur and C-Boy, teamwork is essential. Here, Hildur shakes the rain from his mane. He and C-Boy work together to retain control over two prides: the Vumbi, consisting of five adult lionesses, and Simba East, a pride now also with five.

See more pictures from the August 2013 feature story "The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion."

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83 comments
Emily Visser
Emily Visser

This image has been copied by Jeffery Schmelter a Nat Geo member

Helen Archer
Helen Archer

i am very excited i am going to Africa in 4 months cannot wait to see these magnificent big cats

tina Shoemaker
tina Shoemaker

I pray for these stunning Serengeti Lions!  Our Creator of the universe gave us these amazing animals for our enjoyment, however I am prejudiced against people of any race, creed, club, state or nation who make a specialty of any particular offensive type of wild animal slaughter, and I do not care who knows it! When the Lion and the Lamb lay in a green field beside each other, only then,  there will be peace on earth for God's Creatures. 

Polly Hewittte
Polly Hewittte

Wow. This is a truly breathtaking capture in time; it displays the beauty of nature and lions of course. This is why I love cats; they are all so graceful and majestic, and that is why we MUST do something and save the big cats population. We MUST make a difference and thanks to National Geographic, they are giving us an honourable opportunity to do so. I thank them greatly for their passion and commitment to do this. Cats are beautiful so save them now. Thankyou.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

After working with wildlife for over 30 years and hand-raising many, the lion still stays my favourite although I have never had the pleasure of handraising one of them of all animals.... this is a beautiful picture. How sad it is when people use them for "canning" . This makes me so angry and ashamed to be a South African. Animals get exploited all over the world and Lions are only 1 small part on that long list of animal abuse.

Lyubomira Nikolova
Lyubomira Nikolova

The photographer cached such a special lion's expression... perfect, we can see the animal's character here. Thank you, Michael! 

Demitrice Venters
Demitrice Venters

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.

Barbara Ewart
Barbara Ewart

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! 

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

'Born Free'

"Born free, as free as the wind blows, as free as the grass grows. Born free to follow your heart".

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'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.

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'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.

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— Gary Conn

Ankur Ankxy Ghosh
Ankur Ankxy Ghosh

perfecto cumple regala para mi del Nacional Geographic :) ----muchas graciasss

Gerry Genovese
Gerry Genovese

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?




Brendan King
Brendan King

Guess which one the lionesses elected to be their king?

Iann E.
Iann E.

 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.

Luz de Lourdes García Ortiz
Luz de Lourdes García Ortiz

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.

Shannon T
Shannon T

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.

water bird
water bird

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

Lori Bradham
Lori Bradham

its really sad that their life is so short and so very hard !

MICHAEL XU
MICHAEL XU

LOVELY COUPLE THIS THIS THE POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Peggy Dietrich
Peggy Dietrich

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....

Leyla R.
Leyla R.

They are so beautiful... wonderful capture

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