No introduction is needed for the "King of the Beasts", the lion (Panthera leo, Simba). The world's second largest big cat is admired
everywhere and exists in our collective mythology, psyche, traditions, stories, legends and songs. It is used on heraldic devices even where lions do
not live. On the British royal coat of arms a lion and a unicorn are depicted holding a shield. The lion is unrestrained but the unicorn has a heavy
chain around its neck. Throughout ages and before written history, lions have symbolized wealth, power and regality and are associated with gold, the
king and the sun.
This lioness crept into a shady grove to shelters from the heat of the day. As the shadows lengthen, and hunger grows, this is a good spot from which to ambush unsuspecting prey.
As the sun rises overhead and the cicadas' whine fills the air, every animal seeks the shade. Even a small lonely tree offers respite for a pair of young lions in the Mara National Reserve.
As the cub grows in strength and confidence, the urge to pose is irresistible. During the dry season, prey are weak and easily hunted so top predators thrive and reach peak condition.