The sense of smell in lions is well developed. Like all cats they possess a special olfactory organ on the roof of the mouth called a Jacobson’s organ. The lion grimaces (called Flehman) after smelling something, which passes the scent over this organ (http://lionalert.org/page/physiology). This female was smelling and assessing her territory early one morning when we stopped to watch them. The rising sun provided a nice backlit effect on her breath when she exhaled. The morning was cool and very calm, but the sun quickly warmed up the animals as they probably were looking for a nice place to bed down for a nap.
by James Bokovoy May. 27, 2019 131 views
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