Lions vs Zebra – the Tarangire soap opera ( a pictorial)

Once upon a time, in a far away Tanzanian National Park, as evening fell, two lionesses rested under a large baobab tree.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

 

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

One just lies on her back and stretches, the other moves to the front of the tree to show off to the landrover load of tourists who have just arrived.

 

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

 

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

Lioness A continues to pose like a professional, changing expressions and poses regularly.

 

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

 

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

Lioness B starts to wonder if there is anything of interest around.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

Lioness B is now alert, something has attracted her attention.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

Both lions are now alert, as a herd of zebra wanders across the landscape upwind from them.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

As the zebra continue on their course towards the lions, both are now alert, tensed and ready to move.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

The lead zebra, walking ahead of the herd, has not sensed any danger and leads them onwards towards the lions.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

Lioness B moves through the grass low & fast, approaching the zebra.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

The lead zebra is only about 30m away now. A low whisper of “kill, kill” arises from the landrover as the intrepid explorers encourage the lions to go for a great photo opportunity.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

 

A small wind change, a gust, and the lead zebra senses danger and stamps its feet loudly and repeatedly as a warning.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

The herd gets the warning and without panic, turns around and heads off purposefully in another direction.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

Lioness B comes out of hiding and watches the zebra moving away, and stretches with a large yawn.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

 

Lioness B casually and openly follows the lead zebra, now protecting the rear of the herd.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

Lioness B stops to take a dump, unconcerned that her dinner is trotting away.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

Lioness B lays down to rest in the last rays of the days sun.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

Lioness A stops watching and takes a stretch.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

Lioness A saunters after Lioness B.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

The lions re-unite.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

The lions casually stroll off after the zebras, as though they are heading out for dinner and entertainment, and have all night. Pretentious photographer with massive zoom lens mourns the loss of her National Geo moment.

Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa
Lions vs Zebra on safari, Tarangire, Tanzania, Africa

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