Nothing is more rewarding for a wildlife photographer than capturing the fleeting moments of wild animals in their natural habitat. These photographs may become “once-in-a-lifetime” images that help him establish a reputation in his career. I was impressed with the work of Vaclav Ilha, a 55-year-old photographer. In the Massai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, he recently captured on camera the grinning face of a lion while it was mating with its lioness, and he shared the image on Facebook.
The Lion is the most feared of all the Big Cats in Masai Mara. The “King of the Jungle” is the largest of Africa’s big cats. These magnificent creatures can be seen in Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve. Travel to Kenya’s national parks and reserves for Masai Mara safari packages. The Masai Mara National Reserve and surrounding conservancies have 850-900 Lions.
Lions are the most pleasant of the big cats. There are three dominant males, several adult females, sub-adults, and cubs in each pride of 15 to 20 members. Males typically hold 20-400 square km territories with several female feelings of satisfaction. Males assist females in hunting large animals in the Maasai Mara. They prefer wildebeest and zebra but have hunted buffalo and warthogs outside of the annual ‘migration’. As a result of their high metabolism, they sleep 20 hours a day and kill at night.
The Lion stands with his hind legs extended while the lioness lies on the ground.
You can see that the Lion is smiling happily and proudly with all of his teeth as he prepares to mount his prey and mount his mate. The Lion’s facial expression indicates that he is in a highly aroused state of mind.
“She would raise her tail and provoke him by rubbing him or crawling up to his feet as soon as she is ready to mate with him, according to the male. The male follows her impatiently because the female leaves behind a strong odour that the male finds offensive.” Ilha shared her thoughts.
Did you know that a lion’s mating session can last for up to 5 days in total? Lions mate approximately 200 times, with a 20-minute break between each mating session.