Lions Pinch Camera

While shooting pictures for our new book on lions ( at Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve ( we found some lions patrolling the fence line. We placed our GoPro action camera in their path hoping to catch some good footage of them as they came past. Little did we know that one lioness would take a liking to the camera and cart it off into the bush! We got the camera back, thank heavens and some interesting footage to boot!

The book we are photographing and writing is a large format book with masses of information about lions, their cultural significance and how they figured in the lives of the early hunters. We also look at the conservation issues and scenarios for their survival. There are, however many that can’t afford to buy books and as a result don’t have access to the information in them. We want to try to address that and to this end we wold like to produce a children’s version of the book to give away free of charge to underprivileged children. This costs money and so we are searching for a sponsor for the children’s books. If you or any one you know would be interested in being involved please contact us.

Follow the progress of the photography of In Search of the African Lion on our Facebook Pages – both mine and our mascot Mandla le Lion or on Twitter at @africaimagery or @mandlalelion.


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29 Responses to Lions Pinch Camera

  1. Gloria Hovde says:

    Thank you so much for this beautiful footage. I LOVE cats! All cats! I envy you. I would love to sleep with a big cat. Thank you for the love that you give them. I hope you can put me on your email list.

    Best wishes, Gloria 707-972-8011

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  3. Roger says:

    😀 She kept us going. A hundred meters was all it was but it felt like more. That was my camera she had!

    Thanks so much for your wishes…

  4. Heidi says:

    I’m in wonder but not surprised by the careful way she holds the camera in her mouth! My feeling is that she knew exactly what it was and figured the humans left it on the road by mistake. So she moved it into the cool grass. She could have taken it much farther if she really wanted it. Doesn’t look like she took it too far.

    We think that we are the ones secretly watching the wildlife but I think it’s the other way around! Thank you so much for posting this and I wish you the best of success in your research!

  5. Rachel says:

    That is amazing and so funny! I felt as if I was watching a thriller….waiting for the lioness to appear again and pick me, yet again 🙂

  6. John Gore says:

    Ha ha! Brilliant. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  8. Ian B says:

    Well, I’m glad it’s not just my cats that have a kleptomaniacal streak in them!

    How did you ever find it again?

    Those who say she didn’t hold the camera well – it was a lot less shaky than a lot of the videos on youtube!

  9. LemonFresh says:

    I’d love to see a photo of what the camera looks like now! Any teeth marks?

  10. Robyn von Geusau says:

    Best reality TV I’ve seen in a while. Love the sound of the lioness breathing.

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  13. Absolutely love this footage, good luck with your awesome project

  14. Jacques says:

    And thus the Lion -cam was invented!! Africa never a dull moment. Look forward to part two…….the invention of the Rhino-cam ………at Tswalu. Thank for sharing.

  15. From - Your "Aint Heavy" says:

    Amazing – well done – and you get paid for doing that stuff too !!?

  16. That is brilliant, I am amazed at how clean and clear the lens stayed… Great stuff Roger!

  17. Allie says:

    Amazing!!! great footage

  18. That is hilarious Roger…
    What great footage.
    Glad you found it and it wasn’t damaged.

  19. HaHaHA, loved this. Lucky she didnt find it too tasty. you might want to wash that bacon smell off your hands after breakfast next time.
    I thought it gave a wonderful idea of what a lion cub must feel like when carried around by mum.
    Thanks for sharing….

  20. Anne d'Oliveira says:

    Jake Alletson suggested the lioness go on one of your courses… well at least she held the camera with the lens facing in the right direction. It would have been a rather dark cavity had she taken the camera up the other way round! Lucky for you she obviously did not like the taste of it or just got bored with photography. Not one of your best students you have to admit. But what an experience and some truly unusual footage.

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  22. Megan Paine says:

    Roger, I’m sure there are easier ways to get macro shots of Lions! 🙂 Great vid!

  23. bruce soutar says:

    searching for the lost camera must have been the scarey bit

  24. This lioness obviously enjoys the limelight! Thank you for sharing Roger & Pat. Kind regards Natalie

  25. This lioness obviously enjoys the limelight! Thank you for Sharing Roger. Kind regards Natalie

  26. Jake Alletson says:

    May I suggest that you put the lions through one of your photographic courses so that they can learn how to hold a camera properly. Thanks for circulating this amazing sequence. It’s something I hope never to see in person!

  27. Marian says:

    Amazing stuff. Loved it.

  28. Cynthia Haumann says:

    So scarie and Wild,but so Africa , that is life four you ,,,,,

  29. peter says:

    Amazing behavioural footage Rodger!

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