C-Boy mates with a Kibumbu pride female. After fathering cubs, a resident male can be displaced by other males. His young offspring will then be killed by the new males or left to die.

A male often asserts his prerogatives. C-Boy feasts on a zebra while the Vumbi females and cubs wait nearby, warned off by his low growls. Their turn will come.

Cubs of the Simba East pride: too young to kill but old enough to crave meat. Adult females, and sometimes males, do the hunting. Zebras and wildebeests rank high as chosen prey in the rainy season.

Older cubs like these Vumbi youngsters are raised together as a crèche, or nursery group. Pride females, united in the cause of rearing a generation, nurse and groom their own and others’ offspring.

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Get Closer to Serengeti Lions Than You Should Feel Comfortable Getting

A new interactive feature from National Geographic partly uses robots with cameras to capture lions from the Serengeti in their element.

Lions are majestic, some might say regal creatures, wondrous to behold. They can also separate your entire face from your skull with a single paw swipe. It’s because of these paradoxical factors that people fly thousands of miles to be in the presence of lions, only to observe them from a distance. A new interactive feature from National Geographic, however, allows you to get in the danger zone with lions from the Vumbi pride.

The Serengeti Lion is the culmination of many Nat Geo trips to Africa over the last few years. Photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols and videographer Nathan Williamson combined their talents and supplemented traditional techniques by using robots to get in the mix with these beautiful beasts. The resulting footage and stills provide an up-close and way personal peak into the lives of Serengeti lions in their element.

The landing page features video of roaming lions with a superimposed option to "Explore." Once you go through this leonine wormhole, there are several categories of Vine-like looping videos to chose from, with self-explanatory titles such as Awakening, Cub, and of course, Zebra Feast. Along with each looped video, users can scroll down for more on-theme imagery. If you got any closer to lions than these photos and videos do, you would be the sequel to Zebra Feast.

Watch a making-of video for this project below.

[Images courtesy of National Geographic | © Michael Nichols]

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