This lioness came w ith a story. The prides in this part of Botswana had fallen apart. Maned males came over from Namibia, but did not stay. Our guide, familiar with these denizens, felt this female had been on her own for a long time, he pointed out her powerful and muscular build, bigger than the average female in a pride. When we found her it was late afternoon, terribly hot and she was protecting her kill. She had brought down a zebra and did not want the vultures to get it. It is not an easy life for a lone lioness. As the sun set she relaxed and rolled around on her back, not much light left, but my camera caught her making eye contact.
From Botswana 2016 Gallery