19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A female tree climbing lion just chilling

We were on a special trip in the Queen Elizabeth national park. Our tour guide took us off road as we were using a local who had a tracker to find these lions. Yes it might be cheating but if it weren’t for this trucker we wouldn’t have seen these lions as they were well hidden in these trees. Uganda is known for the tree climbing lions so we hoped we would see them. This female was hidden we were able to move and then see her just chilling in the tree. I took this photo in October 2019.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Uganda
Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T3i
Copyright: © Christina Benitez