By Freya Coombes
THESE CLOSE-UP images show a lion waking from a deep sleep, enjoying the afternoon sun.
One image shows Samburu the lion stretching and enjoying the sun after waking from his afternoon nap.
African lions can grow to 82 inches long, with the addition of a 36 inch tail and can weigh up to 496 pounds.
These images were captured by professional photographer Simon Needham (56) atGG Conservation in South Africa, using a Canon R5 camera.
“Samburu the lion had just woken up from an afternoon nap and decided as we all do to have a lovely big stretch before looking for another spot to rest in,” said Simon.
“It’s a little more unusual to see a lion in this kind of scenario and show them in a warmer, more lovable way.
“I love being close to the lions, however I’m always cautious not to get into the danger zone.
“All my wildlife photography is done free of charge in support of worthy and hard working organizations.”
To view Simons work visit www.simonneedham.com or his Instagram @human.kind.photography