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The African lion is an iconic species of the African bush. This is one of a coalition of five young male lions known as the Birmingham Five at Sabi Sands game reserve, South Africa.
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The male lion is easily recognise by its mane, and its face is one of the most widely recognised symbols in human culture.
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Lions, particularly males, are very lazy and spend the majority of their time sleeping.
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Lions can often be found sleeping in the shade under a tree, but they will also make use of other objects to sleep on, such as this log.
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Lions usually sleep during the day and rise at dusk to hunt, a process that invariably involves a lot of yawning!
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African nights can be chilly, and lions enjoy warming themselves in the morning sunshine.
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Lions are sociable and playful animals, and enjoy rolling in the earth.
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More often than not, a lion will be sleeping, but sometimes they will amble over to other members of their pride to socialise and reinforce their bond.
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After sleeping through a hot day, lions refresh themselves by drinking plenty before hunting at night.
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In game reserves in south and eastern Africa, lions can be viewed safely from a game viewer. The lions are accustomed to the vehicles and do not consider them a threat.
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In a pride, it is the lionesses who commonly hunt, and they can take on prey as large as this cape buffalo.
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Lions are immensely strong. This lioness was able to drag a half-consumed buffalo to a better location to eat.
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