The Lions and the Gemsbok

Driving to a Kalahari air strip to fly to the Okavango Delta, we discovered this pride of lions and their kill. The male lion presides over the kill, with three lionesses behind him. Note male’s black mane — this is a black-maned lion of the Kalahari.

lion pride and their kill
lion pride and their kill

There were several cubs.

lioness and cub
lioness and cub

From the black and white marking on the face, the kill is a gemsbok, a large antelope adapted to the Kalahari.

lion cub and gemsbok
lion cub getting ready to dine on the gemsbok

The male lion hauled away the remains of the gemsbok. Note the straight horns of the gemsbok below.

male lion hauls away the remains of the gemsbok
male lion hauls away the remains of the gemsbok

See how the male limps as he hauls off the gemsbok.

Two lionesses fight over the stomach left at the kill site.

lionesses fight over the gemsbok stomach
lionesses fight over the gemsbok stomach

And the victor trots off with the spoils.

lioness trots off with stomach
lioness trots off with gemsbok stomach

The male lion hauled the gemsbok to the shade of a tree, where four cubs joined him and the kill would be hidden from circling vultures.

male lion, four cubs, and gemsbok
male lion, four cubs, and gemsbok

Having finally seen the black-maned lions of the Kalahari just as we were leaving, we were very pleased as we raced off to a rendezvous with our plane to the Okavango Delta.

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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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