“Shot on the Botswanan side of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. These camps were bare-bones; no power, usually no water, and no fences. A resident family of lions was quite comfortable in the camps and would drop by every now and then to keep you on your toes. Four females, four cubs and their big male. In this environment, water, vegetation, and game were sparse and considering a hunting lion is usually unsuccessful (a catch rate of perhaps 20 – 30%, depending on how many lions are participating) I can’t imagine how these cats found enough opportunities to feed all those mouths. They had no qualms about lounging in the shade of the car and up close you could see how much bigger, particularly the females, were built than their counterparts in the Kruger National Park (perhaps from all that deep-sand stalking and sprinting!).

We only suffered one casualty (a lawn chair, thanks to the cubs) and the adults didn’t seem to pay us any mind. In this shot, the male had just split off from the group after a few days of following around one of the females who was coming into oestrous. We found him lounging by himself in a vacant campsite, enjoying a break from the family life.”


Sabrina Salome is an amateur wildlife photographer with a passion for things with big teeth. She is dedicated to the field of conservation and in her spare time incorporates her love of wildlife into her creative expression, using writing, illustration, and photography to share with the world how she sees them. She holds a B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University. You can find more of her work on Instagram @sabrina_salomee and contact her at salomesab28@gmail.com for photo or order inquiries

Written by James Common

Naturalist and nature writer from North-East England, forever learning. Common By Nature is maintained as an outlet for opinion and personal musings associated with the natural world, and as a journal detailing my exploits in the great outdoors. Enjoy!


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