lions may not be widely thought of as hanging out in trees, except
perhaps in an attempt to escape a pack of hunting dogs. But like
most cats they are excellent climbers and will often use a leafless
tree as a lookout tower for surveying their territory, whether looking
for potential prey or predators. I had the pleasure of watching
a captive cougar leaping repeatedly into and out of just such a
tree, and he looked so graceful and powerful and regal up there
on his perch that I was moved to capture the feeling in bronze."