PHOTOS: Real-life Lion King

A lion cub checks out a camera trap on plains of Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)

A photographer was lucky enough to capture a real-life version of the Lion King on camera — as he spotted this Mufasa look-alike snoozing on a familiar-looking rock.

Will Burrard-Lucas was photographing wildlife in the Kidepo Valley National Park, a remote reserve in the north of Uganda, when he stumbled across the scene.

Burrard-Lucas had been trying to photograph a well-known dominant male lion, known by rangers as Spartacus, and when he managed to capture Spartacus, he wasn’t disappointed.

Burrard-Lucas said: “It was late in the afternoon, and the light was beautiful, but he was in long grass and I couldn’t get a clear shot. Over to my right was a beautiful kopje, which is a small hill, and I thought it would be an incredible shot if he sat on top of it.

“Well, he must have heard my thoughts because the next thing I knew, he was up and heading in that direction.” (Cater News)

Photography by Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News

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Two spotted hyenas at the Liuwa Plain National Park. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A yellow-billed hornbill at Bwabwata National Park in Namibia. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A herd of wildebeest migrate across the plains. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A lion crosses the plains of the Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
This family of warthogs regularly visited our campsite in the Ethiopian highlands, so I set up a camera with a wide-angle lens to photograph them as they rummaged for food. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A meerkat stands watch in Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.(Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
Two lion cubs check out a camera in the Liuwa Plain National Park in Zambia. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A lion atop a rocky point in the Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Kenya. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A spotted hyena clan in the Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A lioness on the move inside Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A lion in Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A sole warthog contemplates what lies ahead. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A meerkat in Botswana. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
Lions snuggle on the plains of the Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)
A lion at sunset in the Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda. (Photo: Will Burrard-Lucas/Caters News)

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