This a combined article/photo/video feature at the National Geographic site about the lions of the Serengeti. And it’s fantastic. You really need to spend some time there. Now.
Before you get to the show-and-tell, first read David Quammen’s essay, “The short happy life of a Serengeti lion“
Then head over to “The Serengeti Lion” site, where you’ll spend a wonderful half-hour living among the lions. The photos are fantastic, but even better are the videos filmed with a small robot vehicle that trundled among the cats as they played, killed, and rested.
For example, there’s a section on “Playtime“, with photos and videos of the youngsters having a high old time. Use the arrows on the screen to navigate around. (Each site begins with a video, and then you can scroll down to see photos.)
But it’s not all fun and games, for there’s the usual tooth and claw. And there’s one sad section, “Trophy hunting,” showing how they raise lions for hunting purposes, all to raise money for conservation.
The index is at the bottom left of the site, and here are all the topics:
Here’s the robot, by the way, which apparently didn’t bother the beasts:
I can’t recommend this highly enough.
Enjoy, courtesy of reader George and Professor Ceiling Cat.