Living with Lions
For BBC Wildlife Magazine
Some years ago, conservation biologist Dr. Alayne Oriol-Cotterill was tracking, on foot, a radio-collared lion through miombo woodland in Zimbabwe. The GPS signal was weakening, suggesting the lion was moving away. Alayne started to sprint and, having scrambled through dense thicket, burst into a grassy clearing.
The first thing she saw at her feet was the bright red ribcage of a kudu’s carcass. The next was several lionesses, crouched over their kill. They looked up at her, startled. Alayne backed away slowly, her heart thumping furiously. The lions didn’t move …
Photographs © James Warwick