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Namiri Plains (meaning plains of “big cats” in Swahili) in eastern Serengeti had been closed to public for over 20 years. The main goal was for cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards to foster an undisturbed environment. Today these expansive plains with outcrops of multiple kopjes (small hills) are sprawling with apex predators where the Namiri Pride rules a vast territory. It is led by two dominant males, Bob Marley and his brother Ziggy who are both about a decade old. I was very excited to visit these plains to experience an untouched part of Serengeti. We spent multiple days with the Namiri pride without clicking a single image. Over time, the pride along with its skittish cubs and dominant males got comfortable with our presence. I have been going to the Serengeti for over 10 years now and seldom have I seen two dominant males as large as Bob and Ziggy with beautiful golden black dreadlock manes. On one of our drives, we came across Ziggy in the sprawling plains of Serengeti with his entire pride scattered around him. It was a bright and sunny day, with a strong wind blowing across the plains. This presented a rare opportunity to capture a close-up of a perfectly calm yet strikingly alert Ziggy as it walked past our vehicle. His beautiful golden black mane blowing in the wind and his big eyes glowing in the bright sun. An epitome of raw beauty and power. Technical Specs: Canon EOS 1DX, 200-400mm F4L lens, 1/200 sec at F14, ISO 125, bean bag. Post Processing: Cropping, Minor Level and saturation adjustment, Minor Sharpening.


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