The guide explained that this male had a particularly pale coat and was easily recognised by the light hair colouring of his mane and the tip of his tail. His nick-name was 'Ginger' and at the start of the safari he was the favourite amongst the females, however he later fought a battle over dominance for mating rights with his brother, 'Garlic'. From the fight he sustained some nasty wounds, almost losing an eye and a deep tear behind his ear which continued down his neck. Ginger looked dejected and was alone the next few times we saw him, but his injured pride and wounds would heal allowing him to continue with his successful coalition with Garlic.
When the females were no longer in season the brothers would team up again to defend their territory, knowing their blood bond would make them more likely to hold on to the pride and their domain.
It is extremely tough being a predator in the wild, with male lions being no exception, so these strong brotherly ties make it much more likely they are able to pass on their genes and be pride masters for longer.
Media: Watercolour & Gouache
Framed size: 54.5cm x 44.5cm
Price (including frame): £360 (plus postage UK: £50; non-UK: £100)