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Barbary lion of North Africa

Barbary lion of North Africa

Barbary lion of North Africa

Barbary lion of North Africa: A lion was seen in the Atlas Mountains during a flight on the Casablanca-Dakar air route. The photograph, taken by Marcelin Flandrin in 1925, is the last visual record of a wild “Barbary” lion of North Africa. To clarify, the Barbary lion is not completely extinct but is extinct in the wild. It is reported that there are fewer than 90 of them in captivity worldwide. They are part of a global breeding program aimed at helping to revive the population.

The Barbary lion, also known as the Atlas lion or Nubian lion, was a subspecies of lion that was once native to North Africa, specifically the Barbary Coast region, which includes modern-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. It is believed to have gone extinct in the wild in the early 20th century, although there have been occasional reports of sightings and unconfirmed evidence suggesting its survival.

Barbary lions were known for their distinct physical characteristics. They were larger and had a darker mane compared to other lion subspecies. Males typically had dark, thick manes that extended over the shoulders and down to the chest. They were well-adapted to the arid and mountainous regions of North Africa.

Historically, Barbary lions were revered and often used as symbols of power and royalty. They were captured and kept in captivity by various cultures, including the ancient Egyptians and the Romans. Barbary lions were also hunted for sport and as a form of entertainment by nobles and rulers.

Human activities such as habitat destruction, hunting, and conflict with local communities contributed to the decline of Barbary lions in the wild. The last known Barbary lion in the wild was reportedly killed in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco in the 1920s.

Today, efforts are being made to preserve the genetic heritage of the Barbary lion. There are several captive populations around the world, including in zoos and breeding centers, where attempts are being made to selectively breed lions with Barbary ancestry. The hope is to eventually reintroduce them into protected areas in North Africa if suitable habitats and conditions can be restored.

Barbary lion of North Africa: However, it’s important to note that the exact genetic lineage of Barbary lions is still a subject of debate among scientists, and the current captive populations may not fully represent the genetic diversity and characteristics of the original subspecies.

Barbary lion of North Africa.

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Barbary lion of North Africa

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