Maasai Mara, a national reserve in Kenya is home to amazing animals, such as cheetahs, zebras, elephants, leopards, and lions.
Among all these famous wild animals, Professional wildlife photographer Leighton Lum, from Hawaii, managed to capture some unique and stunning shots of a big cat who was a legend of its own.
His name is Morani the lion and he is 14-year-old. In fact, he is the oldest surviving lion in Maasai Mara.
Morani took the title of the oldest known lion in the park, following the passing of his brother Scarface.
Morani became the oldest after the passing of his brother and prior record holder, Scarface, pictured, earlier this year
It was the look of a proud hunter in Morani’s face that left Lum captivated.
“Just by looking at his face, you can tell this guy has been through a lot. He went from a young stud leader of a pride, a king, to a retired old man who still fights for survival in the Mara.”
He was spotted in the morning and at the end of the day he was no more than 15ft away from where he was hours before
‘Morani was a part of a pride of four males and he’s the only one remaining out of the four.’
‘He is a lone male who has been pushed out of the pride by younger, stronger males which is a natural process in lions as the strongest males will control the pride.’
‘In general, adult male lions are lazy by nature and can sleep for 20 hours a day! We spotted him in the morning, then went back at the very end of the day only to find him no more than 15ft from where we left him.