New Scarface: Lion, 14, takes title of oldest big cat in Maasai Mara

New Scarface: Lion, 14, takes title of oldest big cat in Maasai Mara

The new Scarface: Lion, 14, takes title of oldest big cat in the Maasai Mara

  • Morani, 14, recently took the title of oldest lion in natural reserve Maasai Mara 
  • Pictures were captured by professional wildlife photographer Leighton Lum
  • He was on a photography workshop in Kenya, East Africa, when he took photos

The oldest known lion in a national reserve in Kenya has been captured in dramatic photographs. 

Morani, 14, recently took the title of oldest lion in the Maasai Mara, a national reserve home to lions, cheetahs, and zebras – after the passing of his brother and prior record holder, Scarface, earlier this year.

The amazing pictures were captured this month by professional wildlife photographer, Leighton Lum, 33, while on a photography workshop in Kenya, East Africa.

The amazing pictures were captured this month by professional wildlife photographer, Leighton Lum, 33

Morani, the oldest lion in the Maasai Mara. Amazing pictures show the oldest known lion in a national reserve in Kenya

Leighton took the pictures while on a photography workshop in Kenya, East Africa.

Leighton, from Hawaii, US, said: ‘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.

‘Morani was a part of a coalition 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.

Leighton, from Hawaii, US, said: ‘Just by looking at his face, you can tell this guy has been through a lot’

Morani became the oldest after the passing of his brother and prior record holder, Scarface, pictured, earlier this year

 In general, adult male lions are lazy by nature and can sleep for 20 hours a day

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

‘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.

‘Even when he does get up and sit down, it is a rather slow process.’

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