Notch is a very successful male lion, he is about 18 years old in this picture. At the time I was in the Mara Notch's sons were a "nomad coalition" and were raising cane on the Savannah. Males will kill off cubs to bring females into oestrus so that they can mate and pass on their own genes.
Notch Communicates to his Cub. Notch is a very successful male lion, he was about 18 years old in this picture. The black in his mane suggests his prowess. He was with a large pride of females lead by "Ugly Betty" presumably named that because she had been facially maimed, but she was a very successful mother lioness.