Thorsten Hanewald

Camera: Canon EOS R5

Lens: Canon EF 200-400 Ext1.5 @325mm

Aperture: 5,6

Shutter speed: 1/800

ISO: 1000

Description: A few young male lions were resting by the Olare Orok River. They groomed each other, cementing the bond of their new coalition.

Story from behind the lens: It looked like these three lions had to leave their former pride and are now on their own two feet. Male lions are usually expelled from the pride when they reach adulthood, only to later conquer a pride of their own. This is to avoid inbreeding within the pack. In order to survive on the savannah, males often form coalitions to better defend themselves from predators and to hunt together.