Photographer Evan Schiller and Lisa Holzwarth were on a game drive in the northern Botswana’s Selinda Camp when they came across a big troop of baboons charging through the bush.
“30-40 baboons were heading in our general direction making a lot of noise,” Lisa recalls.
The baboons were obviously frightened by something and they all scampered up trees, shouting, alarming, and making a big scene. It quickly became clear what the problem was: two large lionesses came out of the tall grass and rushed the baboons into the trees, soon joined by two more lionesses.
“Between the baboons shrieking and the lionesses communicating with deep guttural roars, it was a mad scene,” Lisa says.
But then the real chaos began! One brave baboon descended the dead tree and tried to make a run for it… but got snapped up in the jaws of a lioness.
You will see the baby baboon still hanging on to its mother although she is in the vice like grip of the lioness. And then this happens…
Finally, the baby is rescued by its father who grabs the tiny baboon when the lioness is distracted and rushes up a tree to safety.
A terrifying experience for the youngster, who is protected by the sheer bravery of Dad and the sacrifice of its mother.