The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion
Death is always near, and teamwork is essential on the Serengeti—even for a
magni...
Photographer Nick Nichols made several extended trips to the Serengeti between July 2011 and January 2013, determined to
b...
The Vumbis rest on a kopje, or rocky outcrop, near a favorite water hole. Lions use kopjes as havens and outlooks on the
p...
C-Boy and a Vumbi female relax between matings. During estrus a female may be monopolized for days by a single male consor...
Large cubs of the Vumbi pride and a grown female (fifth from left) feast on a wildebeest. The darkest, moonless hours are
...
C-Boy mates with a Kibumbu pride female. After fathering cubs, a resident male can be displaced by other males. His young
...
Cubs of the Simba East pride: too young to kill but old enough to crave meat. Adult females, and sometimes males, do
the h...
C-Boy (front) and Hildur lie side by side during an afternoon rain shower in Serengeti National Park. Adult male lions for...
Hildur shakes the rain from his mane. He and C-Boy work together to retain control over two prides: the Vumbi, consisting ...
A playful 20-month-old female takes a flying leap across Hildur’s back on the rain-soaked plains. The young lioness is eit...
In 2009 a gang of lions called the Killers attacked C-Boy. Ingela Jansson, then a research assistant with the Serengeti Li...
Infrared light illuminates Hildur and a lioness from the Vumbi pride as they rest after mating. The females in a pride som...
Lionesses from the Vumbi pride take an afternoon nap near a favorite watering hole. This lion-level shot was made using a
...
Dusk is a busy time for the Vumbi pride. As the moon rises, the lionesses rouse themselves from their afternoon naps, tuss...
The Killers, a male coalition of four, earned their name with lethal attacks on females. They almost killed their rival C-...
A female wrangles her infant cubs. During the first few weeks, when they’re too young for the competitive jumble among old...
Older cubs like these Vumbi youngsters are raised together as a creche, or nursery group. Pride females, united in the cau...
The Vumbi females -- their pride name is Swahili for "dust" -- kill a warthog they've dragged from its burrow. Such small ...
Dry season is hard on everyone. Vumbi females, stressed and fiercely protective of their young, get cross with C-Boy,
thou...
A male often asserts his prerogatives. C-Boy feasts on a zebra while the Vumbi females and cubs wait nearby, warned off by...
Hildur, C-Boy's partner, frequently makes a long run to visit the Simba East pride. A coalition that controls two prides m...
The Serengeti Lion: Life on the Plains with the Vumbi Pride. A marriage of
Nick’s photographs, Nathan Williamson’s video, ...
The Robot
The Robot
The Robot
Awakening
Blood And Bones
Consort
Hunt
Hunt
Hunt
Hunt
Consort
Cubs
Twilight
Cubs
Cubs
Cubs
Cubs
Cubs
Twilight
Twilight
Black Mane
Playtime
Pride
Pride
The Killers
Coalition
Playtime
Pride
Playtime
Thunderstorm
Hildur slumbers undisturbed as a storm crosses the Serengeti Plain
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National Geographic Photographers: Michael Nichols The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion

Serengeti National Park encompasses 5,700 square miles of grassy plains and woodlands near the northern border of Tanzania, and is home to more than 3,500 lions grouped into a couple dozen prides. Photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson were determined to break new visual ground when they made several extended trips to the Serengeti between July 2011 and January 2013. A remote-control toy car and a rugged robot tank gave them an unobtrusive way to make images up close and at low angles. Two cameras were mounted on each device; Nichols controlled one and Williamson the other, a pairing that let the collaborators create a synchronized dance of photo and video. They took their time, letting the pride get used to these little machines. The robot, says Williamson, was made to be sturdy enough to stand up to a lion giving it a swat. “It didn’t need to be—the lions were dignified and just arrogantly ignored it most of the time,” he says. Night-vision cameras and goggles were used to capture images of the lions stalking prey. But most of the images and videos here were made using old-fashioned, camera-in-hand technology. Nichols shot 242,000 images and Williamson recorded 200 hours of video, often while lying on the floor of a specially outfitted Land Rover.
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  • 1. The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion Death is always near, and teamwork is essential on the Serengeti—even for a magnificent, dark-maned male known as C-Boy.
  • 2. Photographer Nick Nichols made several extended trips to the Serengeti between July 2011 and January 2013, determined to break new visual ground in the coverage of the Serengeti Lion. Here, C-Boy, a dark-maned male lion defending his interests, confronts the peril of lion-on-lion violence on a daily (and nightly) basis. Four years ago, C-Boy barely survived a fight for dominance with three other males.
  • 3. The Vumbis rest on a kopje, or rocky outcrop, near a favorite water hole. Lions use kopjes as havens and outlooks on the plains. When the rains bring green grass, wildebeests arrive in vast herds.
  • 4. C-Boy and a Vumbi female relax between matings. During estrus a female may be monopolized for days by a single male consort. Dark manes correlate with robustness, and dark-maned studs like C-Boy are preferred.
  • 5. Large cubs of the Vumbi pride and a grown female (fifth from left) feast on a wildebeest. The darkest, moonless hours are prime hunting time because the cats can see better than their prey. These black-and-white photographs were made with infrared light to minimize disruption to the lions.
  • 6. C-Boy mates with a Kibumbu pride female. After fathering cubs, a resident male can be displaced by other males. His young offspring will then be killed by the new males or left to die.
  • 7. Cubs of the Simba East pride: too young to kill but old enough to crave meat. Adult females, and sometimes males, do the hunting. Zebras and wildebeests rank high as chosen prey in the rainy season.
  • 8. C-Boy (front) and Hildur lie side by side during an afternoon rain shower in Serengeti National Park. Adult male lions form coalitions with other males, often their brothers. C-Boy and Hildur—who are unrelated—have been a duo for years.
  • 9. Hildur shakes the rain from his mane. He and C-Boy work together to retain control over two prides: the Vumbi, consisting of five adult lionesses, and Simba East, a pride now also with five.
  • 10. A playful 20-month-old female takes a flying leap across Hildur’s back on the rain-soaked plains. The young lioness is either Hildur’s or C-Boy’s offspring. While the males spend some of their time with the pride—and put up with youngsters’ antics—they mainly devote themselves to defending the territory against other males.
  • 11. In 2009 a gang of lions called the Killers attacked C-Boy. Ingela Jansson, then a research assistant with the Serengeti Lion Project, photographed the fight. C-Boy survived, but the Killers drove him away from the Jua Kali pride—where he and Hildur had been the resident males.
  • 12. Infrared light illuminates Hildur and a lioness from the Vumbi pride as they rest after mating. The females in a pride sometimes reproduce on the same cycle. This allows the pride to protect and feed their young together.
  • 13. Lionesses from the Vumbi pride take an afternoon nap near a favorite watering hole. This lion-level shot was made using a robot that photographer Nick Nichols and his team designed for close-up photographs of the felines.
  • 14. Dusk is a busy time for the Vumbi pride. As the moon rises, the lionesses rouse themselves from their afternoon naps, tussle in the grass, and set out on the evening hunt. Nichols made this photo using natural light; soon after, he switched to infrared.
  • 15. The Killers, a male coalition of four, earned their name with lethal attacks on females. They almost killed their rival C-Boy too. Because good territory is a precious resource, fighting and displacing competitors are part of the natural struggle.
  • 16. A female wrangles her infant cubs. During the first few weeks, when they’re too young for the competitive jumble among older cubs in the pride and so vulnerable to predators, she keeps them hidden away in a den. But these will soon join the group.
  • 17. Older cubs like these Vumbi youngsters are raised together as a creche, or nursery group. Pride females, united in the cause of rearing a generation, nurse and groom their own and others' offspring.
  • 18. The Vumbi females -- their pride name is Swahili for "dust" -- kill a warthog they've dragged from its burrow. Such small meals help bridge the lean, hungry, dry season, when cubs may otherwise starve.
  • 19. Dry season is hard on everyone. Vumbi females, stressed and fiercely protective of their young, get cross with C-Boy, though he's one of the resident fathers.
  • 20. A male often asserts his prerogatives. C-Boy feasts on a zebra while the Vumbi females and cubs wait nearby, warned off by his low growls. Their turn will come.
  • 21. Hildur, C-Boy's partner, frequently makes a long run to visit the Simba East pride. A coalition that controls two prides must maintain vigilance over both.
  • 22. The Serengeti Lion: Life on the Plains with the Vumbi Pride. A marriage of Nick’s photographs, Nathan Williamson’s video, voiceover from ecologist Craig Packer, images and voiceover from Brent Stirton, and text by David Quammen. An immersive look into the life of lions.
  • 23. The Robot
  • 24. The Robot
  • 25. The Robot
  • 26. Awakening
  • 27. Blood And Bones
  • 28. Consort
  • 29. Hunt
  • 30. Hunt
  • 31. Hunt
  • 32. Hunt
  • 33. Consort
  • 34. Cubs
  • 35. Twilight
  • 36. Cubs
  • 37. Cubs
  • 38. Cubs
  • 39. Cubs
  • 40. Cubs
  • 41. Twilight
  • 42. Twilight
  • 43. Black Mane
  • 44. Playtime
  • 45. Pride
  • 46. Pride
  • 47. The Killers
  • 48. Coalition
  • 49. Playtime
  • 50. Pride
  • 51. Playtime
  • 52. Thunderstorm
  • 53. Hildur slumbers undisturbed as a storm crosses the Serengeti Plain
  • 54. end cast National Geographic Photographers: Michael Nichols The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion images credit www. Music ThePianoGuys Coldplay – Paradise created o.e. thanks for watching

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