In Celebration of World Lion Day – The Story Behind the Photo

by | Safari Life

Every photo I’ve saved over the 30+ years I’ve traveled in Africa triggers an amazing memory.

It was the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day and I was in Kenya’s Maasai Mara. I’d been traveling with a family who was spending their holidays on safari. While we’d seen several lions, we hadn’t found any cubs yet. Following the “short” rains of November and early December, the grasses in the Mara were fairly high, making it more difficult to spot these amazing felines – especially in light of the fact that the color of the lions’ fur was a perfect match for the taller grasses.