A Lion Cub’s Ferocious Yawn – Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo

Posted on / by Alex Berger

Lion Cubs Playing at Sunset

There was a brief moment of hesitation. A quizzical look flashed across his furry face and then it started. His nose twitched. His ears circled slightly and then his mouth exploded open in a giant lion sized yawn. Only, he wasn’t a full sized lion yet. No, he was just a lion cub and as he yawned his tongue rolled free of his mouth leaving him temporarily in the most awkward of poses – a mixture between ferocious lion, tired house cat, and silly youth. That’s when I pressed down the trigger and snapped my photo.

This photo was taken just before sunset in South Luangwa National Park in northern Zambia. I was on tour with the amazing folks at Shenton Safaris when we stumbled upon a group of lion cubs relaxing in the late night sun. They tolerated our presence and lazily watched us as we quietly, but far more intently, watched them.

Would you like to see previous Friday Photos? View past travel pictures here. This photo was taken on a Canon T3i (600D) Camera.

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.


  • Jennifer
    September 15, 2012

    Great shot! How exciting to not only see lions in the wild but also cubs. I can’t wait to go on a safari one of these days (hopefully sooner rather than later!).

    • Alex Berger
      September 15, 2012

      Yeah, it was fantastic! I definitely suggest it. I wasn’t a huge Safari proponent before hand (I hadn’t done one, but they just didn’t seem that exciting) after doing these though – i’m completely won over.


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