I photographed this female Asiatic lion on her kill in the Gir Forest National Park, India for @natgeo .
It took me a year and a half to get a special permit to explore the entire Gir Forest—and really no time at all to see why these lions became symbols of royalty and greatness. Most people might think of lions as strictly African cats, but ten thousand years ago lions spanned vast sections of the globe, and so did obviously people, who—as we multiplied and got increasingly organized—put immense pressure on competitors at the top of the food chain. Now lions hold only a small fraction of their former habitat, and Asiatic lions, a genetically separate subspecies that split from African lions perhaps 100,000 years ago, hang on to an almost impossibly small slice of their former domain. India is the proud steward of these 400 or so lions, which live primarily in this 560-square-mile (1,450-square-kilometer) sanctuary in Gujarat. We must not forget to protect Asia's Last Lions and big cats everywhere! Please support @wwf and @wwfsverige . Please check out our new flow @alexandrovklumofficial following the work of our artist duo #throwback#asiaticlion#gir#gujarat#assignment#savethebigcats#conservation#india#mattiasklum#nikonambassadors#stoppoaching#protectbiodiversity@natgeo@irisalexandrov@thephotosociety
It’s not uncommon to get most clues to where this striped predator is located thanks to the alarm calls of animals like the Spotted deer, grey langurs and Sambar deer. When you manage to read nature around you your chances of seing things or even getting a photograph increases. This Bengal tiger in Kanha, India silently came out of the thickets only reveiled by some irritated langurs. After a century of decline, tiger numbers might finally be on the rise. At least 3,890 tigers remain in the wild and tigers may be one of the most revered animals, but much more work is needed to protect this species that’s still vulnerable to extinction. Today is actually #worldtigerday ! HELP SAVE THE TIGER by helping NGO’s like WWF and by spreading the message! #wwf#iucn#mattiasklum#save#tiger#globaltigerday#protect#love#nikonambassador#protectbiodiversity@natgeo@thephotosociety@irisalexandrov