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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Lion Courting Lioness

When I think of lions, I imagine hunts, raw carcasses, and shear brute. But this image depicts another side- it's mating season and the lion is courting the lioness with patient attentiveness.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2016
Date Uploaded: 07.2016
Photo Location: South Africa
Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Copyright: © Fatemah Mamdani