Friday, March 18, 2011

National Zoo lions

For my Camera Critters post I have some shots of the lion family at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. There were 5 cubs all playing with each other and their parents. It was not possible to get all five of the cubs in one shot. They were all over the place.  Naba is mommy to three of the cubs which were born in September and Shera is mommy to 4 cubs born in August. I read that one cub died so that should leave six but we only saw five playing outside.





I am pretty sure this was the first time for me seeing the lion cubs, they sure were so adorable It was really cute seeing the cubs interacting the larger male and female lions.



Cubs playing with daddy Luke.




This is one of my favorite shots, the daddy looks so proud and peaceful.





 I hope your enjoyed my Camera Critters this week and please visit Misty Dawn to see more wonderful critters.  Thanks to Misty for hosting and thank you for stopping by to see my post. Have a great weekend.

30 comments:

  1. They are such magnificent animals and you captured many moods here.

    I'll never forget the thrill of seeing lions in South Africa. I just wanted to take one home. ;)

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  2. Love these photos! Especially the one of the Lion! What an expression! I have visited that zoo - several years back - it is great
    Hope you have a great weekend and find a perfect spot to view the moon tomorrow night!
    Kathy

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  3. I am putting...going to the Zoo, on my things to do this spring/summer...its been way too long since my last visit. Those are great shots of the lions...so cute to see the cubs!

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  4. Great photos! - and it's nice that they all lioned up so well for you....

    All the best, Boonie

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  5. loved this post! little cats and big cats ... amazing critters. happy critter day!

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  6. Incredible animals aren't they?? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. Those big cats are handsome and beautiful.

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  8. Hi Eileen, I too enjoy visiting zoological parks. We had an excellent small zoo near where I used to live - about 35 miles North, in Santa Barbara, CA. I highly recommend that little park if you ever are in Santa Barbara on the Pacific Coast. Have a really nice Saturday!

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  9. Wow Eileen!
    What a great opportunity to see the cubs while they are small interacting with the parents.
    My favorite shots is Daddy Luke playing with the cubs. I love it.
    I'll be singing 'Born Free' the rest of the day. :)

    Have a great weekend!

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  10. oh gosh, so cute! The papa is one handsome man!

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  11. Magnificent! Excellent pictures --they look as if you could be on safari.

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  12. Great shots. Lions project this sense of powerful calm, and you certainly captured this.

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  13. Hah! A family that plays together stays together. Totally sweet captures of these royal cats, Elaine.

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  14. Oh, the lions are among my favorite animals to visit on a trip to the zoo. Love the shot of the dad and cubs, but especially the portrait of the dad by himself. What a handsome lion!

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  15. Oh how gorgeous!

    My Camera Critter post, have a nice weekend.

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  16. Wonderful critters, for sure.
    Thanks for visiting!

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  17. Great shots. I really like the big cats. What faces on those cubs. MB

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  18. I like the Daddy close-up too.
    Rosie@travel-i-tales

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  19. These pictures are incredible! It's amazing that you were able to get close enough to get such brilliant shots.

    Best wishes and happy week,
    Natasha.

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  20. They are majestic animals and the cubs must have been fun to watch. Great shot of daddy lion.

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  21. I love watching the lions at the zoo, but it sue is nice to know there is a barrier between them and me. The male looks like a softy, but I would hate to see him mad. Excellent series of shots.

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  22. What a cute series! They seem like kittens, lol.

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  23. Love seeing all :)

    http://www.1sthappyfamily.com

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  24. What a happy family!
    Good shots

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  25. Lions are fascinating to watch! Your photos are fantastic..

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