One of Kito's two daughters rests on top of a termite mound. Her mother, Kito, is the most successful of the current Marsh Pride lionesses having already raised four cubs to adulthood.
The Marsh Pride are on the rise after a challenging few years due to human wildlife conflict, multiple pride takeovers and raising very few cubs to adulthood. If the Marsh Pride are going to continue their resurgence, this sub-adult is going to be one of the stars of the future.
Photographing from an open-sided and open-top Suzuki is necessary to get down to the eye level of my subject and create intimate portraits. In situations like this though, being just meters away from a playful, inquisitive lioness certainly gets the heart rate going!