Lion Pictures and Facts
Dramatic pictures, interesting facts, and other resources.
Known both for its nobility and brutality, the lion is truly "King of the Beasts."
This king is an Asiatic lion.
Image Source: Carol Lively, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Fact: Thought to be a subspecies of African
lions, Asiatic lions, Panthera leo persica, have have shorter manes and smaller
body sizes than their African counterparts. Asia's lions have one lone refuge in
India's Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, where their population is estimated to be approximately
300 cats. This noble animal is precariously tottering on the brink of extinction,
and is the most endangered large cat species in the world.
A beautiful African lioness.
Image Source: Ken Stansell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Fact: The life of a lioness isn't easy. Not
only does she have her cubs to raise, but she and the other females do up to ninety
percent of the hunting for the entire pride! Lionesses will usually have two to three
cubs in a single litter, and will even let cubs from another female's litter, suckle
with that of her own. Such cooperation ensures the survival of more young than if
a lioness was on her own.
Source: African Wildlife Foundation,
and All the World's Animals: Carnivores, Torstar Books, page 23.
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Lions on the Web . . .
- African Lion Working Group
(ALWG) - dedicated to all aspects of conservation, research,
and management of free-ranging lion populations in Africa.
- The Tsavo Lions - "In March 1898 the British
started building a railway bridge over the Tsavo (SAH-vo) River in East Africa. Over
the next nine months, two large male lions killed and ate nearly 140 railway workers."
- Asiatic Lion Information
Centre - home of the European Asiatic Lion Breeding Programme
- African Conservancy - "The African Conservancy's mission is to preserve the last remaining
African wilderness for the benefit of wildlife and humanity. We accomplish our mission
by working with partners to protect and re-habilitate wilderness areas and to bring
about socio-economic changes that reverse trends in wilderness destruction."
- Simba's Pride of Big Cats - Pictures, information and links about Lions and other big cats.
- The Lion Conservation Fund - by partnering with indigenous people, the LCF is helping to find ways to protect lions in the wild.
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