Asiatic Lion at Edinburgh Zoo

The lion was always described to me as the “king of the jungle”. That would make this male asiatic lion the king of Edinburgh Zoo. I have been to Edinburgh and Chester Zoos a lot and never had the chance to get close enough to properly photograph a lion. They are sometimes close at Chester but always through a wire fence (not a zoo photographer’s best friend). Luckily for me Edinburgh has a large glass window for lion watching. On this particular occasion the male and female were sat about 15 feet away from the glass in nice sunlight. The glass wasn’t clean, but I worked around the dirt and awkward reflections to bring you the above photograph. The only thing that upsets me is the nettles in the lower right corner of the frame. I must book that African Safari as soon as the funds become available!

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