Maned Lioness


This lovely lady is a rare maned lioness. She lives in Botswana, in the Okavango Delta, where I went in May for my fifty-fifth birthday. She is one of five known maned lionesses in Botswana. She exhibits some male behaviors, like increased scent-making and roaring. I was instantly smitten with her.

Here, she smelled something on the road she wanted to roll around in. I didn’t crop out the Range Rover on the bottom right-hand side of this one, so you can see how close she was to us.


I have so many images of this lovely girl, it’s hard to decide which ones to share. While she is one of several lions we saw, she captured my heart.




I have thousands of Botswana photos, so expect lots more to come.

Best wishes to you all,


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About UB Ella

UB Ella (f/k/a Unconfirmed Bachelorette) is a 50-something recovered lawyer who left the practice of law to embrace a full-time writing life. Never-married, child-free Ella resides in Austin, Texas and Ontario, Canada with her four bad cats.
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21 Responses to Maned Lioness

  1. Judy says:

    Love it! How fantastic that you took such an amazing trip. Looking forward to reading more about your travels. 🙂

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  2. hocuspocus13 says:

    ♦ GORGEOUS ♦

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  3. You’re back, and that’s the important thing. We were worried sick about you. Felices Fiestas!

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  4. Strange. I was thinking about you just a couple of days ago, wondering what had become of you.

    You were in Africa admiring lions. Happy belated birthday. If my experience is typical, life begins at 55.

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  5. Marian says:

    Oh, memories. I was there some years ago. Such a special place. Good to hear from you again.

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  6. Great to hear from you, especially with the promise of more gorgeous photos! Happy Christmas.

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  7. Welcome back! We are so happy to read you again 😁
    That furry girl is splendid, and your photos are wonderful!
    Wish you a serene Merry Christmas 🎄✨

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  8. me-fixing-me says:

    this is my best xmas present 😉 so glad you’re back here!

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  9. curvylou says:

    What a stunning creature. SO awesome to see the notice of new posts from you pop up in my inbox.

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  10. Donna says:

    She’s a beauty.

    And… welcome back. 🙂


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