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Lions mating

Lions mating
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Copyright: Peter Thomas (FunkyMunky) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 146 W: 0 N: 608] (3154)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-05-21
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma DG 150-500 mm APO HSM OS
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-24 19:45
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Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We have been going to our Game Parks for as long as I can remember but this is the first time we were fortunate enough to witness this event. The lighting was not ideal as they were in the shade and the background was bright, so please excuse the quality of the image. This was taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The ABC of Lion Mating

When a female lion comes into oestrus, the first male to find her – there are sometimes two or even three males heading up a pride – courts and mates with her, usually secluded from the rest of the pride.

A male may mate with all the females in his pride. If there is more than one mature male in the pride, they can all mate with any female and are usually respectful of each other’s choice.

Copulation takes place every 10 to 25 minutes and lasts for about 20 seconds at a time. It is initiated by both male and female, but seemingly more often by the female who gets very energetic during her oestrus.

Lions mating is a noisy affair with lots of growling, meowing and snarling sounds. Afterwards the female usually rolls onto her back to lie like that for at least a minute or so.

In between they practically ignore each other but at the same time, the male ensures he stays very close to the female. He wants to make certain she doesn’t “get away” and that his genes are passed on successfully.

Eventually the frequency will reduce and finally end when the male and female respectively walks off to join the pride.

If mating failed, the lioness will come into oestrus again in 16 days. If successful, a gestation of 3.5 months follows.

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Hello Peter,
Great captured of these Lion in action, fantastic moment, very nice nature shot,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day,
Best Regards,

Hi Peter,

Well what a fantastic action shot you have here my friend, yes Peter you have capture a very rare moment indeed, great effort and congratulations,
Best Regards,


Hi Peter,
very nice photo of this family. Very good point of view. Nice colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Peter,
Shadows or not it is still a stunning photo and one you have to be patient to take. We saw many of the lions mating in the KNP when we were there last week but I never got the chance to get such a stunning shot like you. Very well done my friend and tfs.

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