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One of the "rewards" of visiting the Kgalagadi, is the amazingly beautiful lions. Sure, the ultimate price for me always will be the leopards, but I have no decent leopard capture to show for my last three (4 weeks in total) visits to the Kgalagadi. But then again, who am I to complain, these two brothers were treating us instead. We spotted them three times in a two week period.Munro, Kgalagadi"In the flehmen response, animals draw back their lips in a manner that makes them appear to be "grimacing" or "smirking". The action, which is adopted when examining scents left by other animals either of the same species or of prey, helps expose the vomeronasal organ and draws scent molecules back toward it. This behavior allows animals to detect scents, for example from urine, of other members of their species or clues to the presence of prey. Flehming allows the animals to determine several factors, including the presence or absence of estrus, the physiological state of the animal, and how long ago the animal passed by. This particular response is recognizable, for example, in stallions when smelling the urine of a mare in heat. To detect estrus the male giraffe's flehman response includes the actual taste-testing of the female's urine."Information Source: Wikipedia

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