Award-winning photographer & filmmaker //
Sony Imaging Ambassador // WildAid contributor // Represented by NatGeo Creative @natgeocreative
It was a cold morning in South Luangwa in Zambia and even the animals were waiting for the sun to warm them. It can be hard to get up for the dawn but it is always, always worthwhile. You never know what magic you'll see.
The majority of lion cubs don't live to see their first birthday. Depending on the conditions, 40-80% die before turning one. There are two reasons for this: starvation and coalition invaders. And this is one of the reason trophy hunting is so bad for lions, beyond the obvious one that it kills healthy members of an imperiled species. When an adult male lion is killed, the destabilization of that lion's pride can lead to more lion deaths as outside males compete to take over the pride.
Due to their secrecy there are no reliable continent or nation-wide estimates of population size of #leopards in Africa. But what we know is that leopards are declining in large parts of their range mainly due to habitat loss and fragmentation, but also due to hunting and ‘pest’ control.