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Blood Lions

A lioness of the Serengeti plains, free to be wild.

While she experiences the wilds here- her natural birthright- elsewhere on the continent, her cousins are being bred on farms for canned hunting.

Purposely born in farms, raised inside cages and by the hand of the human, little lion cubs become conditioned to being in the presence of humans. As they grow, people will pay tickets to pet them, walk with them, take photographs with them, and cuddle them. When they are old enough, these lions are sold onto agents and released into confined areas to be targets of trophy hunting. The funds generated from these hunting adventures has nothing to do with conservation. Unfortunately, legislation allows canned and trophy hunting to continue unabated.

The film Blood Lions shows a small glimpse into this industry. While it is very difficult viewing- and I couldn’t bear to watch it a second time around- the message is clear: there is no place in this world for hunting of any kind. Because all lives matter.

The Huntress

She’ll make the big fat kill, either on her own or with her fellow lionesses. They’ll track, ambush and corner countless numbers of gazelle, zebra, wildebeest, and other flighty ungulates. Then, after the kill is made, the male lion will get first dibs on tucking into the feast. 

Males will, however, go off and hunt themselves if they don’t have females in their pride, or if food scarcity is so dire that there just isn’t enough to share around.

Here, this gorgeous killer is with her lioness accomplices and cubs on a feast of zebra. That split moment of a connection that I had with her was priceless. She looked up momentarily and gave a gaze that was both intense and intimate. And what a precious moment that was, which is thankfully captured in time in an image.

Here’s to the art- and utility- of photography.