Regal, fierce, proud....the Big Cats of the Masai Mara. It is so exhilerating to observe and document these kingly felines playing with siblings, running the plains, socializing, and napping with their prides. They are truly iconic. While most people think they are still in great abundance, there has been rapid decline in African lion numbers. Most protected areas are not large enough to ensure the long-term survival of viable populations of lions. Lions need huge areas in which to hunt and only a few National Parks in Africa are big enough to supply them. Yet another important reason to focus on conservation efforts.