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Awards 2005

Lioness by Hira Punjabi

This protective lioness warns off all intruders, while keeping her cub safely between her and perceived danger, in this case the photographer. The Asiatic lion Panthera leo once ranged from Asia Minor to the northern plains of India, but they lost out to agriculture and shikar, which combined to force them into retreat. They are now only found in the Gir National Park in Saurashtra.
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