Affectionate lion brothers in Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)
Gallery Words : Graeme Green | 19 July 2019

Lion kings: 13 stunning photos of Kenya's magnificent wildlife

Kenya's golden landscapes and the animals who live there inspired the original tale of The Lion King. Transport yourself into a world of big cats and great animals with these sensational snaps...

A male lion marauds through the Mara Triangle in Kenya (Graeme Green)

A male lion marauds through the Mara Triangle in Kenya (Graeme Green)

A young cheetah lazing in Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

A young cheetah lazing in Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

As a wildlife photographer, I'm interested in all kinds of creatures, from large iconic animals to smaller lesser-known lizards and birds.

Of course, spending time with big cats is always a real pleasure.
A lizard baking in the sun, Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

A lizard baking in the sun, Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

They often look elegant, noble and powerful, and they have such a range of behaviour to capture, from grooming and play to hunting.

They can be both affectionate and deadly.
Cheetah mother and cub at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy (Graeme Green)

Cheetah mother and cub at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy (Graeme Green)

Water buffalo and oxpecker passengers in the Mara Triangle, Kenya (Graeme Green)

Water buffalo and oxpecker passengers in the Mara Triangle, Kenya (Graeme Green)

An aerial view of giraffes in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Graeme Green)

An aerial view of giraffes in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Graeme Green)

Affectionate lion brothers nuzzle in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

Affectionate lion brothers nuzzle in the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

A lion in long grass at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

A lion in long grass at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

A lion cub rests at sunset, at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

A lion cub rests at sunset, at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

Many of these images were shot at Masai Mara in Kenya.

The main National Reserve has it's issues, but the wildlife there is still remarkable.

But there's great work being done in the surrounding Mara conservancies.

They're trying to balance the needs of Maasai farmers and the need for wildlife conservation.
Thomson's gazelles seek shade under a tree at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

Thomson's gazelles seek shade under a tree at the Mara Naboisho Conservancy, Kenya (Graeme Green)

A rhino roams the Ol Chorro Conservancy in the Masai Mara, Kenya (Graeme Green)

A rhino roams the Ol Chorro Conservancy in the Masai Mara, Kenya (Graeme Green)

A leopard in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Graeme Green)

A leopard in the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Graeme Green)

Fortunately, big cat numbers in the conservancies, such as Naboisho, are thriving.

There are plenty of chances of seeing lions, cheetah and leopards while you're there.
Elephants in the Mara Triangle, Kenya (Graeme Green)

Elephants in the Mara Triangle, Kenya (Graeme Green)

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