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The lioness teaches her young how to fend for themselves, without vulnerability, and with honor, dignity, wisdom and courage.

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This beautiful and intelligent lioness, Isis, came up to the other side of a clear plastic protective wall, locked eyes with me and would not let me leave until she had told me her story.

There is beauty and sadness in this portrait study of Isis, a lioness who lived for a long time at the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago. She and her partner Zenda (see right) were devoted to each other and departed earth within a few weeks of each other. You can read more about them in the article I wrote by clicking HERE

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