15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Violent Love

When a male and female lion pair up, the separate from the pride for as much as a week. During the first few days their coupling can take place every 10 minutes. Each time only lasts a few seconds and ends with a dramatic roar or an annoyed female biting the male and inspiring him to be a bit more gentle. This is that moment.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: Arusha, Tanzania
Camera: Canon EOS 6D
Copyright: © Alex Berger