Hard to belief but my GoPro survived a Lion attack!

Yesterday at Thanda Safari we released two male Lions onto the reserve.

As always I was ready to take picture of the whole procedure.

I had also mounted my GoPro with velcro on top of a plastic box to set it up opposite the boma gate where the Lions would step out into freedom.

This is the most amazing GoPro video and audio footage of one of the two Lions taking my GoPro into his mouth, chewing on it and then demolishing the attached plastic box.

The GoPro survived the ordeal, the plastic box was not so lucky.

And I got the most amazing footage from INSIDE A LIONS MOUTH!

I have added my video frame screen shots at the end of video clip as these amazing images ‘fly by’ rather fast in the video itself.

Please share the story if you find it as incredible as I do. Thanks

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I am featuring a species per week on my social media channels. Here is a summary of the last week’s posts (and some blog bonus images). I hope you enjoy some of my favorite Lion pictures :-).

Family life …
Spotlight …
Stand-off …
Hunting …
The kill …
White …
Hanky Panky ..,
Bloddy …
Dominance …
Roar …
Surprise …
Nightcap …
Morning …

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Imagine …

Imagine …

… you left your office for a short drive in nature

Imagine …

… you spend a warm summer evening on an open savanna

Imagine …

… a lite drizzle of rain and strong winds cool you down

and imagine …

… you watch a beautiful male Lion drinking, observing his surroundings and sleeping

Well, if you can imagine that then you shared one of my evenings this week 😊

Have a good weekend!

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WorldLionDay 2017

Today is Wold Lion Day – a day to celebrate one of my favorite cats!
#LetLionsLive #worldlionday

The Montagues and Capulets

As in Romeo and Juliet this Lioness has no way to get united with her Romeo. As one can see in the video the young female is in esterous and is keen to mate, but the fences between two game reserve prevent the males from getting to here (the roars in the background are from the males on the neighboring reserve).

The lady is obviously not interested in the perfectly good dominant male on her side of the reserve. The grass seems always greener on the other side of the fence.

Enjoy the video and your week!

Video by Christian Sperka, Resident Wildlife Photographer Thanda Safari

LIONS – a special series!

These are twenty Lion images, which I have posted as a special series on Instagram over the last few weeks. They are some of my favorite Lion picture which I have taken since 2001.

I hope you will enjoy them – Have a good week!

PS: I am save back in South Africa and tonorrow afternoon I will be back at Thanda Safari…


One of Thanda’s Lionesses in the most beautiful morning light. Have a good SUNday 🙂

Picture details: African Lion | Location: Thanda Safari, South Africa
Canon 1D Mark IV | Canon EF500 f4L | AV | ISO 200 | 1/500s | f/4 | 0eV | WB 6500K – post processing corrected | free-hand


I have just uploaded a few more Lion images taken between 2006 and  2017. Have a look at http://www.sperka.biz/sg1 (total 76 images).

This is one of many species gallery available online at http://www.sperka.biz/sg

Please contact me at info@sperka.com in case you are interested in publishing any of these images or if you would like to license any image for printing (for personal or commercial use).

These are some of the newly uploaded images!

50mm Lens!
50mm Lens!
iPhone Photography!
iPhone Photography!
My 2016 Favorite!
My 2016 Favorite!
Little one!
Little one!
His Majesty!
His Majesty!