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Remembering Lions: 10 spectacular shots of lions in the wild

These breathtaking images of lions in their natural habitats were snapped in Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana's national parks, and feature in the new charitable photography tome, Remembering Lions...

(Remembering Lions/Chad Cocking)
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Remembering Lions/Suzi Eszterhas)

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Remembering Lions/Suzi Eszterhas)

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Remembering Lions/Marlon du Toit)

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Remembering Lions/Marlon du Toit)

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa (Remembering Lions/Chad Cocking)

Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa (Remembering Lions/Chad Cocking)

This image was taken of one of the resident prides of lions in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, South Africa, and shows a rare white lion having a drink alongside its tawny cousin.

White lions are not albinos, but rather carriers of a recessive gene that results in a lack of production of pigmentation in the fur. Unlike albinos, leucistic animals still have pigmentation in their eyes, hence this lioness's blueish eyes.

Despite their seemingly disadvantageous colouration, white lions in this region of the Greater Kruger Park have shown that they have what it takes to survive in the wild.

- Chad Cocking

Savute, Chobe National Park, Botswana (Remembering Lions/James Gifford)

Savute, Chobe National Park, Botswana (Remembering Lions/James Gifford)

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Remembering Lions/Daryl & Sharna Balfour)

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Remembering Lions/Daryl & Sharna Balfour)

Okavango Delta, Botswana (Remembering Lions/Andy Biggs)

Okavango Delta, Botswana (Remembering Lions/Andy Biggs)

A lioness was separated from her pride as a herd of cape buffalo forced her to climb to safety, inside a pile of downed trees.

The lioness projected aggression towards the buffalo, who were unfazed by the ceremonial hisses.

- Andy Biggs

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana (Remembering Lions/Andrew Aveley)

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Botswana (Remembering Lions/Andrew Aveley)

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Remembering Lions/Andy Rouse)

Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (Remembering Lions/Andy Rouse)

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (Remembering Lions/Phil McFadden)

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania (Remembering Lions/Phil McFadden)

These four brothers in their prime had recently displaced the dominant pair at Ndutu, Serengeti.

It had just rained heavily so they were all washed and dried. They were asleep when we found them so we waited until they awoke.

I have wonderful video of them then bonding like gentle, loving siblings. Then a zebra appeared on the horizon and in a millisecond they turned into this totally unified killing machine. Awesome.

- Phil McFadden

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kalahari, South Africa (Remembering Lions/Hannes Lochner)

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kalahari, South Africa (Remembering Lions/Hannes Lochner)

Remembering Lions is available from 14 October. Visit Remembering Wildlife's official website for more information

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P.S. If you're in London, why not attend the launch party at the Royal Geographic Society? Jonathan and Angela Scott, who wrote the foreword, will be speaking at the event. Tickets here

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