This lioness was resting in a Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana). We were on our way to Kubu-Kubu in the Serengeti and came across this beautiful feline right before sunset. The Sausage Tree makes a good perch, with its massive, somewhat flat surfaced branches. As a matter of fact, this tree has been the basis for canoe building among many tribes throughout the region. When this tree is in bloom it is gorgeous....huge reddish/maroon flowers show at night and are bat pollinated. The flowers are edible and provide food for many animals. The fruits can be huge....up to 2 feet in length and heavy..... they look like encased sausages although some people say they look like other anatomical features (both male and female). The fruit is poisonous but has several medicinal uses, most notably to produce an ointment for skin irritations including skin cancers. Nature has so much to teach us.... and lions are just flat cool. I am grateful.....
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