A RANDY male lions roars with pleasure as he mounts his female lover – but she doesn't look impressed.
Wildlife photographer Renata Ewald spotted the frisky pair of big cats while on a solo drive in Kruger National Park, South Africa, earlier this year.
But the male's best efforts, his female partner did not appear to be enjoying their roadside romp.
Renata says lions typically "sleep and mate every 20 minutes" but as the moments of passion last just a few seconds, it can be difficult to photograph.
Renata said: “When I came across the mating lions a sort of nervous excitement crept up my spine.
“For many years one of my goals has been to capture that perfect moment when lions mate. Their mating session only lasts only a few seconds, but it is always raw power and passion.
“To capture these shots I got myself into position, set my camera settings according to light and waited. Patience is a virtue when you do wildlife photography.
For many years one of my goals has been to capture that perfect moment when lions mate. Their mating session only lasts only a few seconds, but it is always raw power and passion
“The images show the male lion really into it and soon after the lioness gets up and the mating starts.
“I zoomed into their facial expressions and shooting away, it gave me goose bumps.
“I am always speechless to watch these majestic animals.”
Worryingly lion numbers have halved in 25 years, with only 20,000 left in Africa and a small pocket in India.
British snapper Margot Raggett says wants to raise money and awareness to help protect the endangered species.
She said: “The rapid reduction is one of the least-known stories in conservation because the slaughter happens out of sight."
She added: "Poorly regulated and illegal hunts can have catastrophic impacts.”
Jonathan Scott, zoologist and host of BBC1’s Big Cat Live, added: “There can be no excuses, only shame if we allow the most iconic big cat to disappear from our planet.
"We must act now if future generations are to enjoy the sound of wild lions roaring at dawn.”
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