Roar footage! Curious lions are ready for their close up with remote camera
One photographer has managed to shoot amazing ROAR footage of wild lions up close, as part of a wildlife project involving a remote camera.
Wildlife photographer Steve Mandel, from California, USA, has captured candid footage of lions in the wild in Kenya as part of a project called LionCam, where he attached a camera to a camouflaged buggy, which he used film the lions without getting hurt.
The camera was sent into the area where the lions were and controlled remotely, producing this intriguing footage where the lions act just like big cats and enjoy playing with the LionCam.
Seasoned photographer Steve has been taking photographs professionally for 25 years.
He said: “It is a lot of fun to watch the way the lions behave with the LionCam. There is one lion in the video who wrapped his paws around it, hugging it and he would not let go.
“It was just a big cat for him. I think when he finally realised it was neither prey nor predator he ignored it and treated it rather like a moving rock.
“This lion was so tired from hunting all night, he finally went to sleep.”
Thanks to the LionCam, Steve was able to shoot extraordinary footage which allows the viewer to observe lions in their natural habitat.
Steve was inspired by UK photographer Wil Burrad-Lucas, who created a BeetleCam, and Steve adapted the idea before he embarked on a photography trip to Kenya.
Father-of-three Steve, said: “I redid the electronics inside and out, added a new transmitter system, added a CamRanger, and re-machined the cover attachment system.
“I was going to try it out as part of a conservation project for elephants but I knew there was a risk that the camera would end up kicked or crushed, so I used it with the lions instead who actually seemed really receptive and curious about it.”