Photographers who spend their time, often years, with lions, are sometimes the best ones to tell their stories. National Geographic asked six famous wildlife photographers about some of their experiences. Here is an excerpt.
My husband Dereck and I have worked with lions for over 30 years and each is an individual, just like poor Cecil who was recently killed in Zimbabwe. While filmingRelentless Enemies: Lions and Buffalo, we worked with a group of young males and females called the Skimmer pride. One day they adventurously explored … an adjoining territory. When a large male lion stood up from the tall grasses, each youngster turned and fled immediately and ran back to the river, where they leapt in and splashed across running for their lives—but straight towards me. We got to know each of these young lions, mourned each loss to the pride, and celebrated each success. They would often lie in the shade of our vehicle quite relaxed.
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