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During my trip to the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in May 2011, we were out on a late evening game drive in the Ol Kiombo area when we came across these four very handsome young males basking in the evening sun. Nobody know where they came from, but these four young males were later on named as the the "Four Musketeers". The four brothers were named Scar Face, Morani, Hunter and Sikio,
They were all age mates and were desperately looking to take over one of the lion prides in the area to call their home. Musiara area is the home of the very famous Marsh Pride. These 4 males appeared at the Marsh and a take over was imminent and over the next couple of months they pushed the old males, Romeo and Clawed out and firmly took over the Marsh Pride followed later with the Paradise Pride as well.

During the game drive our vehicle stalled near these four Lions and the Maasai guide got out to check on it. All the four brothers quickly got up and ran further away and we all had a good laugh with the guide as the Lions here were afraid of them. This is a photo of the famous Scarface after he got his signature injury on his eye, earning the name with which he passed away last week.

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Scarface is one of the four males known as the 4 Musketeers who took control over the famous Marsh pride of Maasai Mara in late 2011.
Scarface acquired his signature wound when he had strayed very into a nearby Maasai Manyatta in search of an easy meal, but got caught by the owner's of homestead and ended with a broken spearhead in his eye. A good samaritan pointed out his plight to the Kenya Wildlife Service personnel in the area, who in turn sent a Vet who cleaned out the wound.
But Scarface is a character, he is always in fights with the other 3 coalition males trying to impose his superiorority over them to become the leader of the pack. These regular fights have not helped in the healing of the wound. Luckily he still has sight from the wounded eye. This is a photo of the famous Scarface before he got his signature injury on his eye, earning him his name with which he passed away last week.

This was my last encounter with the late King, who peacefully passed away on 11th June, 2021. Captured during a photography safari on an early morning game drive in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya.

Tags:   The Last Encounter Lion Male Lion Black-maned Lion Scarface Scarface The Legend King Scarface Four Musketeers Animal Mammal Wild Animal Wildlife African Wildlife Wild Africa Wildlife Photography Wild Cats Carnivore Predator Hunter Lion Pride Marsh Pride 4M's Outdoors Out of Africa Nature Nature Photography Safari Game Drive Savannah Plains Photography Safari Iconic Lion Legendary Lion Sunrise Golden Light Golden Hour Masai Mara Maasai Mara Game Reserve Kenya MAC's Wild Pixels Wild Pixel Safaris Munib A. Chaudry

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Distinguished by its exceptionally beautiful, black-spotted coat, the Leopard (Panthera pardus) is also recognised for its supreme stealth and its remarkable versatility. Despite being the smallest of the ‘big cats’, the leopard is the most widespread of all wild cat species, and is well known for the variety of prey it takes, as well as its ability to occupy a range of habitats, from deserts and mountains to jungles and swamps.

Having finished eating her breakfast up an acacia tree, this magnificent female Leopard finally climbed down and proceeded to sweep the entire area burying all evidence of his prized unfinished meal which was still stacked up a tree for later. All the blood and other bits and pieces were buried within a few minutes so that any passing by scavenger doesn't pick up her scent.

Photographed during a photography safari on an early morning game drive during a in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya.

Tags:   The Most Beautiful & Elusive Feline Leopard Female Leopard Panthera pardus pardus Animal Mammal Wildlife African Wildlife Wild Africa Wild Animal Wildlife Photography Wild Cats Carnivore Predator Hunter Outdoors Out of Africa Nature Nature Photography Safari Game Drive Savannah Plains Photography Safari Sunrise Golden Light Golden Hour Beautiful Feline Beautiful Cat Big Pussy Cat Big Five Spotted Beauty Spotted Feline The Elusive Feline The Elusive Beauty Masai Mara Maasai Mara Game Reserve Kenya MAC's Wild Pixels Wild Pixel Safaris Munib A. Chaudry

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“Every bird of prey looks over its shoulder before it goes in for the kill, even a hawk. Even they know to watch their backs – every single one but an eagle. It’s fearless.”
― Michelle Horst, Wake Me Up

The African fish eagle is not a ‘true’ eagle but belongs to the Haliaeetus genus of sea eagles, alongside seven other species worldwide that include the American bald eagle and the Eurasian white-tailed eagle. This is one of the most ancient genera among all living birds. And it is a sight to behold.

This formidable African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) was captured, coming in to pick it's prey during a photography safari on an early morning boat ride on Lake Baringo, Kenya.

Tags:   Flight of the Eagle African Fish Eagle Fish Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer Eagle Raptor Bird Watcher Bird Birds of East Africa Birdlife Bird Perfect Birder Bird of Prey Bird in Flight In Flight Colourful Bird Beautiful Bird Avian Plumage Feathers Ornithology Animal Wildlife African Wildlife Wild Africa Wild Animal Wild Bird Wildlife Photography Outdoors Out of Africa Nature Nature Photography Safari Boat Ride Savannah Plains Great Rift Valley Sunrise Golden Light Golden Hour Birdlife Photography Lake Baringo Safai MAC's Wild Pixels Wild Pixel Safaris Munib A. Chaudry

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The rhinoceros originated in the Eocene about fifty million years ago alongside other ungulates (hooved animals). Ancestors of the black and the white rhinoceros were present in Africa by the end of the Late Miocene about ten million years ago. The two species evolved from the common ancestral species Ceratotherium neumayri during this time. The clade comprising the genus Diceros is characterised by an increased adaptation to browsing. Between four and five million years ago, the black rhinoceros diverged from the white rhinoceros. After this split, the direct ancestor of Diceros bicornis, Diceros praecox was present in the Pliocene of East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania). D. bicornis evolved from this species during the Late Pliocene - Early Pleistocene.
At the beginning of the 20th century there were 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia. This fell to 70,000 by 1970 and further to just 29,000 in the wild today.
Large-scale poaching of the now critically endangered black rhino resulted in a dramatic 96% decline from 65,000 individuals in 1970 to just 2,300 in 1993.

This adult female Black Rhino was photographed roaming the vast savannah plains in Kenya.

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