Adorable little lion cub, taken by Panthera’s partner & wildlife photographer, Philip J. Briggs 

Sadly, Lions have disappeared from over 80% of their historic range. But Project Leonardo is Panthera’s solution to protecting & increasing the world’s remaining wild lions.

Learn more about Panthera’s Project Leonardo here.

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hannes lochner (previously featured) spent two years and traveled over 100,000 km in the kalahari to document the nocturnal world of its animals. he slept in sweltering day heat, was stung by countless scorpions, and spent up to twenty hours a day in the field, which included sub zero night time winter temperatures.

hannes loves big cats, but notes that “due to the extreme rise and fall in temperature, you only get an hour at night and in the early morning to get pictures of the cats actually doing something. otherwise it is too hot.”

he adds, “the kalahari is very harsh and dry. there are extreme arid regions where only the fittest survive. i saw so many lions dying and cubs being left behind because food was so scarce. it is a difficult environment.”

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