Roar!

Today’s post is my first small video project since I have arrived in South Africa. Mid of last week all my remaining equipment arrived from Amerika and I am now able to produce videos.

During this morning’s game drive I took a short video segment of one of our male Lions roaring. A Lion’s roar – heard a few meters away from the animal – is one of the most astonishing sound experiences on earth. One cannot only hear the roar but one can feel the vehicle vibrating from the sound. The sound on this video is only a meek representation of the real thing 🙂

Have a great week!

PS: This male was recently introduced to the reserve. That is the reason why he still wears a radio tracking collar.

18 Replies to “Roar!”

  1. I started the video and within 10 seconds, my 5 year old & 11 month we huddled around me mesmerized. That started a discussion about the lion. THIS is why I share these blog posts with the kiddos. Thanks!

      1. Oh it isn’t only the video (though probably the most interesting to a 11 month old) but we check out the pictures too. My daughter loves animals and photography. She has her own camera and while I was taking one of your classes at the zoo, her daddy would walk her around the zoo for her own little “class”. She’s had her own camera since she was 3. She won’t go anywhere without one!

      2. I had to work to settle Kaitlyn down when I read her your reply! She kept changing her answer but I think we finally settled on a zebra or giraffe. Her favorite is still this one though (https://christiansperka.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/20120707-cs1_8446-e.jpg). She is fascinated by the animal & “sunlight through the clouds”/sunrise/sunset pictures. Thanks again not only for the classes in Nashville, but the pictures and the info that goes along with them.

  2. Christian, I’m glad you finally got the rest of your things.Enjoyed the video very much. Is it common for lions to lay around and roar in succession like that or was it because of your presence he roared like that?Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for the comment.
    Our presence had nothing to do with the roaring. He does actually not care if we are there or not. This is a typical roar sequence. He is “proclaiming” his territory and dominance to other male Lions. If another male answers him from nearby he will try to find him and fight. In the last few days this male had a few “run-ins” with another male. The other male was in the area, but did not answer the roar, which would suggest that he does not want to continue the conflict at this time. We will see what happens in the next few weeks.

  4. That was great. I think he was putting in his order for breakfast. I will have to listen a bunch of times to be able to decipher the order. Thanks.

  5. Fun and I found other videos by you which I enjoyed as well. And I loved the photos of the elephant tearing the tree out of the grond. Les and I saw a herd totally distroy a large area of growth years ago in Kruger. Amazing the distruction they can do in just a few days!

    1. Thanks for your comment – and you are correct: An over-population of Elephants can create a huge problem for an eco-system, that is a major problem in the Kruger National Park.

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