I have been wanting to do this for some time now and finally made myself sit down and get it done.
If you are a Zawadi fan (Zawadi being the male African Lion at the Oregon Zoo's 'Predators of the Serengeti' exhibit that opened in Sept. of 2009) then this is for you.
I have, as many people probably have, been recording the progress of Zawadi...looking forward to the day when he wears his mature mane and has that traditional look of a full grown male Lion. It seems like it's taking forever to happen, though I know the changes have been occurring...just so gradually it's hard to see them.
The only good way to fully see the progress of his maturing is to compare shots of him from his first appearance to his current look. Ergo, 'Zawadi...Then and Now'.
As you can see, his childish 'mohawk' is nearly entirely gone and his mane is getting much thicker, longer and beginning to get that brown color we all associate with a mature Lion as well as having lost most if not all of his 'baby spots'.
I think it goes far beyond these mere physical changes though. To me, he seems to display a much more advanced aire of confidence and maybe even pride? In my opinion, he is a much more regal animal now than he was upon his arrival which is probably a really dumb observation, since it would only be natural for this to happen as he matures.
Anyway, here he is as a 2 year old and 7 months later. I need to get more recent shots of him as he is now very nearly 3 years old next month. Hope you like this.
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