On the 11th of June 2021, Scarface, a legendary lion, passed on. His death didn’t come as a surprise to people, since his age limits were nearing. His resilience and unimaginable strength had finally bowed to the pressure of old age. Scarface was globally renowned as the King of the Mara. Scarface is one of many legendary lions that lived longer making a great impact, an attribute that makes him unique. As we light a candle in loving memory of Scarface, we acknowledge the fact that he was an inspiration to many photographers, tour guides, and a heartbeat of tourists.
Yaron Schmid attributes Scarface’s survival to his strong lion qualities. According to Yaron, Scarface was a handsome and robust warrior loved by lionesses and his cubs. Jay Kangé remembers Scarface and his siblings in their hunting and conquering new lion territories. Marlon Dutoit believes that his long life proved his unquestionable dominance in the plains of Mara.
Tribute From Wildlife Photographers, who interacted and photographed Scarface
Here are some touching tributes from famous photographers who spent quality time with Scarface at the Masai Mara National Reserve.
Mohammed Billow: “The five-star general was a fearless and relentless hunter. He did not just live or survive; he thrived. Overcame all odds before him.”
Jay Kangé: “Scar lived the life of a truly wild African lion.”
Piper Mackay: “One of the most famous and photographed lions in the Mara.”
Brian Everitt: “Scar is loved from all over the world.”
Lenny Koshal: “Beautiful prints and memories will forever remain with us.”
Jonathan Scott: “The warrior spirit that we so admire is refined over millennia by nature’s creativity. The power and strength of these magnificent creatures make us stand in silent awe. We immortalize them and feel inspired by their tenacity and determination to live every moment as if it were their last.”
Scarface will also remain in the hearts of many children who read about him in the Cambridge Reading Adventure of 2016. ‘The Real Lion King’ was a special feature on Scarface, Sikio, Morani, and Hunter, collectively known as the four musketeers. The story of Scarface helped educate children on wildlife in Maasai Mara.
Together, we celebrate Scarface and the impact he made in our lives. Rest easy, legend!
Featured Photo by Piper Mackay
Gallery of Scarface:- Credits to, Piper Mackay Photography, Jonathan Scott, Lenny Koshal, Mohammed Billow, Marlon Du Toit.