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Taken 15-Jun-19

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Keywords:African Lion, Big Cat, Lion, Safari Park
Photo Info

Dimensions2718 x 2718
Original file size7.16 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken16-Jun-19 04:37
Date modified21-Jun-19 20:15
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeCanon
Camera modelCanon EOS R
Focal length200 mm
Max lens aperturef/5
Exposure1/320 at f/5.6
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 640
Metering modePattern


The lion has been widely depicted in many cultures as a symbol of strength and nobility. Izu is all that and more. I see so much depth when I look into that face. I feel a sense of calm while at the same time being in awe of his beauty and majesty. I can see why a lion was chosen as the Aslan character in the C.S. Lewis books. It was suggested by a submission from Nigeria that the name Izu means "Knowledge, wisdom & counsel" and is of Nigerian origin. That fits him. I’ll never forget what a wise and gentle father he was while raising seven rowdy cubs with the help of their moms, Mina and Oshana. He was so patient when the little ones would climb onto his fluffy mane, and when he’d had enough it only took one low, quiet roar to get the message across. You’ve taught us well, strong and noble Izu!

Izu the male African Lion born 10-15-03