Yep...nearly 10 years of Animal Kingdom...and those lions are sleeping. Up on top of the rock. Sometimes just a paw visible. Or the top of a mane. Sometimes, even a head is visible. On very rare occasions, he's sitting upright with his head fully visible. On the rarest of occasions, they're actually UP...standing or walking. Now, play the odds. What are the chances of the lion standing while you happen to be passing by? Pretty long odds for a beast that sleeps 20+ hours a day, and a moving vehicle mostly obstructed by high foliage and pretty hefty distance to the lions' rock mount (to hide all the moat work and fencing that keeps Mr. Lion away from a truck full of lunch). Now, throw in the odds that you happen to have your camera with you. The right one. With the right lens. Those odds grow exponentially. Now throw in your timing and location. Sure...all the other odds came in, and there you sit in your safari truck within visibility of a standing lion. Are you ready to take the shot? Are you on the correct side of the truck? Does the truck happen to be positioned where there is no foliage or landscaping blocking your view? Is your camera on? Did you bring batteries? Wow...if you made it through all those odds...run, do not walk, to get a lottery card...you might be hot today! But wait, there's more. Throw in that wonderful Florida variable - weather! That enclosure is often in the shadow...is the light where you need it? Can you get enough shutter speed to shoot the lion without blur from a moving vehicle? Is it a cloudy day? Needless to say, for 10 years, one of those variables wasn't right for me...because I've never been able to snag a photo of a standing lion...at least one that isn't a blurry mess with a tree trunk in the center of the shot and a head in the bottom right of the frame. This last trip...finally...most of the variables lined up and came up aces. Not all of them, mind you...the light was awfully low at a little after 6pm. So I had to push higher ISO to get enough shutter speed (pretty much 1/500 or better is needed from the moving truck of a moving animal). Still...it's the best I've managed so far with these big cats at AK: And finally, I can say in answer to my cynical and joking friends and relatives...YES...THE LIONS ARE REAL, NOT ANIMATRONIC!