Thursday, December 12, 2013

Who's the Mane Lion?

We finally got a look at the two 'brother's', we have heard much about them from all the guests that have been lucky enough to experience these two masters of the bush. But there is a big difference between experiencing something yourself and hearing a story about it. So we were thrilled to find them lazying around as lions do most of their days.

B.A. Baracus
Our first impression of this guy is his mane, he seems to be doing a B.A. Baracus impersonation, with the whole mohawk and sideburn look going on making him look pretty mean and tough.The mane of the Lion is an useful indicator for us, it allows us to tell the physical condition of the specimen. 

As some of you know that have been to visit us already, the Selous is not a cold place. So a nice thick mane is probably going act bit like a thick wool scarf on a hot summers day. So for our Lion to grow a long dark mane he has to be in top physical condition in order to allow for his temperature to be maintained at a regular temperature. So in truth it is quite the contrary as he is no longer quite as bold as B.A

This is B.A's brother, showing that baldness is definitely not a hereditary trait as it is with men. He is obviously much healthier with his thicker mane. So why on earth would a lion need this thick wooly scarf in the heat of Africa. This question has been debated over the years and needs some in-depth explanation and  would probably be best explained alongside the king himself with one of our guides here at Sand Rivers Selous.

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