On our first morning at the Serengeti Camp, we found a dozen lions in the grass under a large tree. We only saw female lions and cubs. Outside Serengeti National Park, we were able to drive off-road. Lions in the grass on a warm summer day.
Our guide let us spend a long time with the lions, so we had time to observe behaviors such as grooming, yawning, and sprawling.
Lions groom by licking. According to the Honolulu Zoo, the lion “tongue’s upper surface has small bumps on it which enables the lion to hold on to meat while eating and to remove parasites when grooming”.
In the above closeup, the lion’s tongue extends back past the tuft of hair under her mouth.
It was noon, and the lions sleep 20 hours a day.
We can see the lion’s teeth. The female lions do the hunting. When the teeth clamp onto the neck, the lion can suffocate the prey. We let sleeping cats lie.
For the yoga enthusiasts, this lion got up and did a cat pose, where you exhale and arch your back.
Finally, a lion walked up to one of our trucks for shade from the noonday sun.
Cats are cute to watch, when they’re not killing something or eating it before your eyes.