What's the safest way to get close up photos of lions on the Serengeti? Send in a robot. And an aerial drone. That's what photographer Michael Nichols and his crew did, producing incredible images for a National Geographic feature. From a nearby car, Nichols and crew directed a small remote-controlled robot outfitted with a Canon camera toward lion prides as they hunted, slept and well, do everything lions do. And we do mean everything.

Photo by Michael Nichols. A remote-controlled robot was used to get this shot.
Photo by Michael Nichols. Infrared light was used to photograph lions at night without disturbing them.
Photo by Michael Nichols.

We highly recommend taking a look at the rest of the published photos from this project, as well as the interactive feature on the National Geographic website.