World Animal Day

It's World Animal Day! It was about 4 degrees Celcius when we encountered this male lion in the bushes before dawn in Savute, Botswana. He had been calling out to his brother all night, and was still calling out when our guide Meier used old fashioned tracking skills to find him. He paid no attention to us as we observed him from a distance in our truck. A challenge to photograph because there was very little light~ but this image means so much to me~ and it is a reminder that all creatures big and small need our protection now more than ever