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The Lion Queen
📸 by @beverlyjoubert
by @beverlyjoubert

The ultimate hunter and an undeniable reminder that big cats are not pets. With the recent release of a certain reimagined Disney* classic, it’s been gratifying to see wildlife biologists and science writers doing their bit to give lionesses the recognition they so royally deserve. Because let’s face it: in the real world, female lions play the starring role in the life of any pride.

Gutsy, supple, and fleet-footed, it’s the lionesses who fuse teamwork, crafty strategy, and superior camouflage to put most of the food on the royal table–and the crimson war paint speaks for itself.