Rollercoaster male mating with Styx lioness

MalaMala Game Reserve - Styx lioness

Styx lioness by Chris Hall

This post is for the big cat lovers, of which (if the feedback received on Facebook is anything to go by) there are quite a few. Andrew Batchelor (head ranger) captured this intimate moment between the Rollercoaster male and Styx lioness in winter 2009. The male’s post-coital response leads me to believe that he really enjoyed himself. What do you think?

If it’s your first time here – and you’re also a fan of these kings of the African bush – you’ll probably enjoy meeting the new Styx cubs and watching them at play.

And remember, if you’ve been to MalaMala and have footage you’d like to share then get in touch with us. One of the two suggested links above comes courtesy of recent guests! We do sometimes put Video Thursday up for vote, but feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments section below or on Facebook, and we’ll do our best to showcase your animal of choice.

Happy almost weekend folks, enjoy!

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