Posted on

Southern African Lion

Southern African Lion - Panthera leo melanochaita

Southern African Lion - Panthera leo melanochaita
African Lion - Panthera leo

Southern African Lion - Panthera leo melanochaita
Southern African Lion - Panthera leo melanochaita

No animal profile summary available.

Zoological name: Panthera leo melanochaita

Southern African Lion
Southern African Lion
Southern African Lion - white lion

Information on organisations involved in promoting the wellbeing of our Southern African Lion.

This section lists the five most recent research articles and abstracts.

This section displays the content of the relevant Wikipedia page. Wikipedia is a free-content encyclopedia project supported by the Wikimedia Foundation and based on a model of openly editable content. You can assist by creating/editing content or donating to Wikipedia.

Southern lion

Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Southern lion (Panthera leo melanochaita) is a lion subspecies in Southern and East Africa.[2][3] In this part of Africa, lion populations are regionally extinct in Lesotho, Djibouti and Eritrea.[4] Since the turn of the century, lion populations in intensively managed protected areas in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe have increased, but declined in East African range countries.[5]

The type specimen for P. l. melanochaita was a black-maned lion from the Cape of Good Hope, known as the Cape lion. The lion population in this part of South Africa is extinct.[6] Living lion populations in other parts of Southern Africa were treated as distinct subspecies and referred to by several regional and scientific names, including "Katanga lion" (P. l. bleyenberghi), "Transvaal lion" (P. l. krugeri), "Kalahari lion" (P. l. vernayi),[7][8][9] "Southeast African lion", and "Southwest African lion".[10] Likewise, populations in East Africa were treated as distinct subspecies or referred to by different names,[1][11] such as "Masai lion" (P. l. massaica), "Serengeti lion,"[12] "Tsavo lion",[13] and "Uganda lion" (P. l. nyanzae), depending on the countries where individuals had been captured for zoological collections.[14]

Taxonomic history

Lion subspecies as recognized between 1930s and 2005[15]

In the 19th and 20th centuries, several lion type specimens from Southern Africa were described and proposed as subspecies:

  • In 1842, Charles Hamilton Smith described a black-maned lion from the Cape of Good Hope under the name Felis (Leo) melanochaitus.[16] Naturalists and hunters of the 19th century recognized it as a distinct subspecies because of its dark mane colour.[6]
  • In 1891, two lions caught in Somalia were described under Felis leo somaliensis.[17][18]
  • In the 1890s, the German zoologist Neumann observed lions in East Africa. He proposed the trinomen Felis leo massaicus based on two type specimens, one male killed near Kibaya and one female killed at the Gurui River. They differ in mane size from lions caught in Somalia.[19]
  • In 1900, the Swedish zoologist Lönnberg described two lion specimens from the environs of Mount Kilimanjaro using the name Felis leo sabakiensis that were killed during a Swedish zoological expedition to East Africa.[20]
  • In 1914, Lönnberg described a male lion collected in the Katanga Province of Belgian Congo as type specimen of Felis leo bleyenberghi.[21]
  • In 1914, the American zoologist Heller described a lion from the Ethiopian Highlands under the name Felis leo roosevelti based on a male lion presented to Theodore Roosevelt. He also described a lion skin from Kampala under the name Felis leo nyanzae that differed slightly in skin and mane colour from F. l. massaica.[22]
  • In 1924, Joel Asaph Allen described a male lion as type specimen for Leo leo hollisteri that originated near Lime Springs, Sotik on the eastern shore of Lake Victoria and was obtained by the American Museum of Natural History.[18]
  • In 1929, Austin Roberts described an adult male lion with a dark brown mane from the Sabi Sand Game Reserve as type specimen for the Kruger lion Leo leo krugeri, named in honour of Paul Kruger.[8]
  • In 1948, Roberts also described a yellow-maned male lion specimen from the Kalahari as type specimen for the Kalahari lion Leo leo vernayi. It had been collected by the Vernay-Lang Kalahari Expedition in 1930.[9]
  • In 1964, the German zoologist Ludwig Zukowsky described two lions from Somalia as P. l. webbensies. One was a mounted specimen in the Natural History Museum, Vienna that originated in Webi Shabeelle, the other an individual kept in a German zoo that had been imported from the hinterland of Mogadishu.[23][14]

In the 20th century, some authors supported the view of the Cape lion being a distinct subspecies.[8][24][25][26] In 1939, the American zoologist Allen also recognized F. l. bleyenberghi, F. l. krugeri and F. l. vernayi as valid subspecies in Southern Africa, and F. l. hollisteri, F. l. nyanzae and F. l. massaica as valid subspecies in East Africa.[24]

Pocock subordinated lions to the genus Panthera in 1930, when he wrote about Asiatic lions.[27] Ellerman and Morrison-Scott recognized only two lion subspecies in the Palearctic realm, namely the African P. l. leo and the Asiatic P. l. persica.[28] Various authors recognized between seven and 10 African lion subspecies.[14] Others followed the classification proposed by Ellerman and Morrison-Scott, recognizing two subspecies including one in Africa.[29]

In the 1970s, the scientific name P. l. vernayi was considered synonymous with P. l. krugeri.[30] In 1975, Vratislav Mazák hypothesized that the Cape lion evolved geographically isolated from other populations by the Great Escarpment.[6] In the early 21st century, Mazák's hypothesis about a geographically isolated evolution of the Cape lion was challenged. Genetic exchanges between populations in the Cape, Kalahari and Transvaal Province regions and farther east are considered having been possible through a corridor between the Great Escarpment and the Indian ocean.[31][3]

In 2005, the authors of Mammal Species of the World recognized P. l. bleyenberghi and P. l. krugeri, P. l. vernayi P. l. massaica, P. l. hollisteri and P. l. nyanzae as valid taxa.[1] In 2016, IUCN Red List assessors subsumed all African lion populations to P. l. leo.[4] In 2017, the Cat Classification Task Force of the Cat Specialist Group reduced the number of valid lion subspecies in Southern and East Africa to one, namely P. l. melanochaita.[2]

Genetic research

Results of genetic analysis indicate that East and Southern African lions form a clade distinct from the North African lion.[32]

Since 2005, several phylogeographic studies were conducted to aid clarifying the taxonomic status of lion samples kept in museums and collected in the wild. Results of a DNA analysis using 26 lion samples from Southern and East Africa indicate that genetic variation between them is low and that two major clades exist: one in southwestern Africa and one in the region from Uganda and Kenya to KwaZulu-Natal. Five lion samples from Kenya's Tsavo East National Park showed identical haplotypes as three lion samples from the Transvaal region in South Africa.[33] Results of phylogeographic studies support the notion of lions in Southern Africa being genetically close, but distinct from populations in West and North Africa and Asia.[34][35] Based on the analysis of samples from 357 lions from 10 countries, it is thought that lions migrated from Southern Africa to East Africa during the Pleistocene and Holocene eras.[34]

A phenotypic and DNA analysis was conducted using samples from 15 captive lions in the Addis Ababa Zoo and from six wild lion populations. Results showed that the captive lions were genetically similar to wild lions from Cameroon and Chad, but with little signs of inbreeding.[36]

A phylogeographic analysis of 194 lion sequences from 22 countries indicated that East African and Southern African lions form a clade that diverged about 186,000–128,000 years ago from the clade formed by North, West and Central African lions. In 9 of 19 lion samples from Ethiopia, haplotypes of the Central African lion group were found, indicating that the Great Rift Valley was not a complete barrier to gene flow; southeastern Ethiopia is considered a genetic admixture zone between Central and East Africa lions.[37]


Adult male lions with long brown manes in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Male with a partially black mane in Narok County, southern Kenya
A mature male lion with an intermediate mane development in Amboseli National Park, Kenya

The lion's fur varies in colour from light buff to dark brown. It has rounded ears and a black tail tuft. Average head-to-body length of male lions is 2.47–2.84 m (8.1–9.3 ft) with a weight of 148.2–190.9 kg (327–421 lb). The largest East African lion measured 3.33 m (10.9 ft). Females are smaller and less heavy.[38]

An exceptionally heavy male near Mount Kenya weighed 272 kg (600 lb).[39]

Male lions killed in East Africa were less heavy than lions killed by hunters in Southern Africa.[40] The captive male lions at Addis Ababa Zoo have darker manes and smaller bodies than those of wild populations.[36]


In the 19th and 20th centuries, lion type specimen were described on the basis of mane size and colour.[41] Male East African lions are known for a great range of mane types. Mane development is related to age: older males have more extensive manes than younger ones; manes continue to grow up to the age of four to five years, long after lions have become sexually mature. Males living in the highlands above 800 m (2,600 ft) elevation develop heavier manes than lions in the more humid and warmer lowlands of eastern and northern Kenya. The latter have thinner manes, or are even completely maneless.[42] Hence, lion manes reflect ambient temperature. The mane colour is also influenced by nutrition and testosterone. Its length is an indicator for age and fighting ability of the lion.[43]

A male lion specimen from Somalia had a short mane.[14] Male lions from the Ethiopian highlands had dark and heavy manes with black tips that extended over the whole throat and chest to the forelegs and behind the shoulders.[22] A few lions observed in the environs of Mount Kilimanjaro had tawny to sandy coloured manes as well.[7] Two male lions observed in the border region between Kenya and Tanzania had moderate tufts of hair on the knee joint, and their manes appeared brushed backwards. They were less cobby with longer legs and less curved backs than lions from other African range countries.[19] Mane colour of males in Kenya vary between tawny, isabelline and light reddish yellow.[41] Tsavo male lions generally do not have a mane, though colouration and thickness vary. There are several hypotheses as to the reasons. One is that mane development is closely tied to climate because its presence significantly reduces heat loss.[44] An alternative explanation is that manelessness is an adaptation to the thorny vegetation of the Tsavo area in which a mane might hinder hunting. Tsavo males may have heightened levels of testosterone, which could also explain their reputation for aggression.[13]

The weak or absent mane of Tsavo lions is a feature, which was characteristic also for the extinct lions of ancient Egypt and Nubia. Adult lion males in Egyptian art are usually depicted without a mane, but with a ruff around the neck.[45]

White lion

White lions owe their coloring to a recessive gene[46]

The white lion is a rare morph with a genetic condition called leucism, which is caused by a double recessive allele. It has normal pigmentation in eyes and skin. White individuals have been occasionally encountered only in and around Kruger National Park and the adjacent Timbavati Private Game Reserve in eastern South Africa. They were removed from the wild in the 1970s, thus decreasing the white lion gene pool. Nevertheless, 17 births have been recorded in five different prides between 2007 and 2015.[46] White lions are selected for breeding in captivity.[47] Reportedly, they have been bred in camps in South Africa for use as trophies to be killed during canned hunts.[48]


In 1936, a man-eating lion shot by Lennox Anderson, outside Hectorspruit in Eastern Transvaal weighed about 313 kg (690 lb) and was the heaviest wild lion on record. The longest wild lion reportedly was a male shot near Mucusso in southern Angola in 1973.[49][50]

Distribution and habitat

A lioness at Samburu National Reserve, Kenya
Young male in Serengeti National Park
Lioness and cub near Otjiwarongo, Namibia

In East Africa, lion populations are present in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda, and east of the Nile River in Sudan and South Sudan. Due to the civil war in latter two countries, little is known about the conservation status of lions there. In the 1980s, lions used to be present in grasslands and forests of protected areas in both countries.[51] Already in the 1980s, the lion population in Somalia had greatly declined due to poaching and was restricted to woodlands in the southern part of the country.[52]

In Ethiopia, lions are present in Gambella, Omo and Bale Mountains National Parks, around the Chew Bahir and Turkana lakes, and in the Webi Shabeelle area.[53] In 2009, a small group of less than 23 lions were estimated in Nechisar National Park located in the Great Rift Valley. This small protected area in the Ethiopian Highlands is encroached by local people and their livestock.[54] In 2016, a group of lions was recorded in Alatash National Park close to the international border with Sudan.[55][56][57]

In Kenya, lions had been observed near Kavirondo, near Lake Manyara, around Mount Kilimanjaro and in the Tanga Region in the late 19th century.[19] By the 21st century, lion populations in Kenya and Tanzania have been fragmented to 17 patches ranging in size from 86 to 127,515 km2 (33 to 49,234 sq mi).[58] As of 2006, there were an estimated 675 lions in the Tsavo area, out of the 2,000 total in Kenya.[59] Between 2004 and 2013, lion guardians around Amboseli National Park identified 65 lions in an area of 3,684 km2 (1,422 sq mi).[60]

In Uganda, lions are present in Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks.[53][61] Those in Queen Elizabeth National Park form a contiguous population with about 60 Central African lions in Virunga National Park in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[61][62][53] In 2010, the lion population in Uganda was estimated at 408 ± 46 individuals in three protected areas including Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Parks. Other protected areas in the country probably host less than 10 lions.[63]

A small population is present in Rwanda's Akagera National Park, estimated at 35 individuals at most in 2004.[53]

The lion range in 28 East African protected areas totals 780,400 km2 (301,300 sq mi), of which the following complexes are considered lion strongholds:[61]

The lion population in what used to be the Natal and Cape Provinces of South Africa had been locally extinct since the 1850s to late 1860s. The last lions south of the Orange River were sighted between 1850 and 1858.[6] Eventually, lions were relocated to Addo Elephant National Park.[64]

Elsewhere in Southern Africa, lions are confined to 23 unfenced and 16 fenced reserves; 10 of the fenced reserves are located in South Africa. Lion populations are also present in Namibia, Angola and northern Botswana. In the southwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, they are considered regionally extinct.[4][65]

The lion range in nine Southern African protected areas totals 1,540,171 km2 (594,663 sq mi), of which the following protected area complexes are considered lion strongholds:[61]

Lions, which used to live in southern parts of Central Africa, like Gabon and the Republic of the Congo do genetically not fall within the Central African lion but belong to the Southern lion.[66] In Gabon, the presence of lions in Batéké Plateau National Park was doubtful in 2010.[67] In 2015, a camera trap recorded a single male lion in the protected area.[68] Continued camera trapping in the area for more than one year recorded the same lion repeatedly. Hair samples of the lion were collected for phylogenetic analysis and compared with tissue samples of lions from Gabon and Republic of the Congo that were killed in the 20th century. Results indicate that this individual is closely related to the ancestral lion population of the area. It is also thought possible that this lion dispersed to the area from Namibia or Botswana.[69]

In the Republic of the Congo, the Odzala-Kokoua National Park was considered a lion stronghold in the 1990s. By 2014, no lions were recorded in the protected area, so that now, the species is considered locally extinct in the country.[70]

Behaviour and ecology

Lions mating in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Lionesses hunting a Cape buffalo in the Okavango Delta, Botswana
Male lion and cub feeding on a Cape buffalo, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

The lion is a social cat, living in groups of related individuals with their offspring. Such a family group is called a pride. The average pride consists of around 15 lions, including several adult females and up to four males and their cubs of both sexes. Large prides, consisting of up to 30 individuals, have also been observed. Male lion groups are called a coalition. Membership only changes with the births and deaths of female lions. Male cubs are excluded from their maternal pride when they reach maturity at around 2–3 years of age.[12] The sole known exception of this pattern is the Tsavo lion pride, which always has just one adult male.[71]

Male lions spend years in a nomadic phase before gaining residence in a pride.[72] A study in the Serengeti National Park revealed that nomadic coalitions gain residency at between 3.5 and 7.3 years of age.[73]

Lions usually hunt in groups and prey foremost on ungulates such as wildebeest, zebra, African buffalo, gemsbok and giraffe.[74] In the Serengeti National Park, lions were observed to also scavenge on carrion when the opportunity arises. They scavenged animals that were killed by other predators, or died from natural causes. They kept a constant lookout for circling vultures, apparently being aware that vultures indicate a dead animal. Sympatric predators include the leopard, cheetah, hyena and African wild dog.[12][72]

Lions predominantly hunt large ungulates like zebra, warthog, blue wildebeest, impala, gemsbok, Thomson's gazelle, kob, waterbuck, kudu, giraffe and Cape buffalo. Their prey is usually in the range of 40.0 to 270.0 kg (88.2 to 595.2 pounds).[75] Predation on adult African bush elephants has been observed in Chobe National Park, Botswana.[76] Sympatric predators include the leopard, cheetah, hyena and African wild dog.[77]

Lions in Botswana's Okavango Delta have learned to swim in the delta's swamps. They hunt large prey like buffalo,[78] and occasionally also African elephants when smaller prey is scarce.[79]

Attacks on humans

  • In the 19th century, north of Bechuanaland, a lion non-fatally attacked David Livingstone, who was defending a sheep in a village.[80]
  • Two Tsavo males have been known as man-eaters, after an incident during the building of the Uganda Railway in the 1890s. Their skulls and skins are part of the zoological collection of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the United States of America.[81][82] The total number of people killed is unclear, but allegedly 135 people fell victim to these lions in less than a year before Colonel John Patterson killed them.[83]
  • The "Njombe lions" were a pride of lions in Njombe, in what was then Tanganyika, which for over three generations are thought to have preyed on 1,500 to 2,000 people. They were eventually dispatched by George Rushby.[84]
  • In February 2018, a suspected poacher was killed and eaten by lions near Kruger National Park.[85][86]
  • Towards the end of the same month, conservationist Kevin Richardson took three lions for a walk at Dinokeng Game Reserve, near Pretoria in South Africa. A lioness then pursued an impala for at least 2 km (1.2 mi), before unexpectedly killing a 22-year-old woman near her car.[87][88]
  • In July 2018, a "loud commotion" coming from lions was heard by an anti-poaching dog in Sibuya Game Reserve near Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa. The next day, human remains were found in the lion enclosure. They were suspected to have been rhino-poachers, as they had equipment such as a high-powered rifle and wire cutters.[89][90]


In Africa, lions are threatened by pre-emptive killing or in retaliation for preying on livestock. Prey base depletion, loss and conversion of habitat have led to a number of subpopulations becoming small and isolated. Trophy hunting has contributed to population declines in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Zambia.[4] Alhough lions and their prey are officially protected in Tsavo National Parks, they are regularly killed by local people, with over 100 known lion killings between 2001 and 2006.[59] Between 2008 and 2013, bones and body parts from at least 2621 individual lions were exported from South Africa to Southeast Asia, and another 3437 lion skeletons between 2014 and 2016. Lion bones are used to replace tiger bones in traditional Asian medicines.[91]

In 2014, seven lions in Ikona Wildlife Management Area were reportedly poisoned by a herdsman for attacking his cattle.[92] In February 2018, the carcasses of two male and four female lions were found dead in Ruaha National Park, and were suspected to have died of poisoning.[93][94]

In 2015 and 2017, two male lions, Cecil and his son Xanda, were killed by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.[95][96]


African lion populations are included in CITES Appendix II. In several South African countries local communities generate significant revenue through wildlife tourism, which is a strong incentive for their support of conservation measures.[4]

In 2010, the small and isolated Kalahari population was estimated at 683 to 1,397 individuals in three protected areas, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, the Kalahari Gemsbok and Gemsbok National Parks.[97] More than 2000 lions exist in the well-protected Kruger National Park.[98] In June 2015, seven lions were relocated from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa to Akagera National Park in Rwanda.[99]

In captivity

Captive Kruger lion in Philadelphia Zoo

At the beginning of the 21st century, the Addis Ababa Zoo kept 16 adult lions. It is assumed that their ancestors, five males and two females, were caught in southwestern Ethiopia as part of a zoological collection for Emperor Haile Selassie I.[100][36]

In 2006, the registry of the International Species Information System (ISIS) showed 29 lions that were derived from animals captured in Angola and Zimbabwe. In addition, about 100 captive lions were registered as P. l. krugeri by ISIS, which derived from lions captured in South Africa.[101][19] Interest in the Cape lion had led to attempts to conserve possible descendants in places like Tygerberg Zoo.[102][103]


Cultural significance

Between 1910 and 1932, the Coat of arms of South Africa featured a lion

The lion is featured as an animal symbol in East Africa.[104][105] The name Simba is a Swahili word for the lion, which also means 'aggressive', 'king' and 'strong'.[50]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 546. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. 
  2. ^ a b Kitchener, A. C.; Breitenmoser-Würsten, C.; Eizirik, E.; Gentry, A.; Werdelin, L.; Wilting, A.; Yamaguchi, N.; Abramov, A. V.; Christiansen, P.; Driscoll, C.; Duckworth, J. W.; Johnson, W.; Luo, S.-J.; Meijaard, E.; O’Donoghue, P.; Sanderson, J.; Seymour, K.; Bruford, M.; Groves, C.; Hoffmann, M.; Nowell, K.; Timmons, Z.; Tobe, S. (2017). "A revised taxonomy of the Felidae: The final report of the Cat Classification Task Force of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group" (PDF). Cat News (Special Issue 11). 
  3. ^ a b Barnett, R.; Yamaguchi, N.; Barnes, I.; Cooper, A. (2006). "Lost populations and preserving genetic diversity in the lion Panthera leo: Implications for its ex situ conservation" (PDF). Conservation Genetics. 7 (4): 507–514. doi:10.1007/s10592-005-9062-0. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-08-24. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Bauer, H.; Packer, C.; Funston, P. F.; Henschel, P.; Nowell, K. (2016). "Panthera leo". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2017-3. International Union for Conservation of Nature.  doi: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T15951A107265605.en
  5. ^ Bauer, H., Chapron, G., Nowell, K., Henschel, P., Funston, P., Hunter, L.T., Macdonald, D.W. and Packer, C. (2015). "Lion (Panthera leo) populations are declining rapidly across Africa, except in intensively managed areas". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 112 (48): 14894–14899. 
  6. ^ a b c d Mazak, V. (1975). "Notes on the Black-maned Lion of the Cape, Panthera leo melanochaita (Ch. H. Smith, 1842) and a Revised List of the Preserved Specimens". Verhandelingen Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (64): 1–44. 
  7. ^ a b Lönnberg, E. (1914). "New and rare mammals from Congo". Revue de Zoologie Africaine (3): 273–278. 
  8. ^ a b c Roberts, A. (1929). "New forms of African mammals". Annals of the Transvaal Museum. 21 (13): 82–121. 
  9. ^ a b Roberts, A. (1948). "Descriptions of some new subspecies of mammals". Annals of the Transvaal Museum. 21 (1): 63–69. 
  10. ^ Jackson, D. (2010). "Introduction". Lion. London: Reaktion Books. pp. 1–21. ISBN 1861897359. 
  11. ^ Stott, K. (1950). "Locality records of African mammals". Journal of Mammalogy. 31 (2): 185–189. doi:10.2307/1375515. 
  12. ^ a b c Schaller, G. B. (1972). The Serengeti lion: A study of predator–prey relations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-73639-3. 
  13. ^ a b Borzo, G. (2002). "Unique social system found in famous Tsavo lions". EurekAlert. 
  14. ^ a b c d Hemmer, H. (1974). "Untersuchungen zur Stammesgeschichte der Pantherkatzen (Pantherinae) Teil 3. Zur Artgeschichte des Löwen Panthera (Panthera) leo (Linnaeus, 1758)". Veröffentlichungen der Zoologischen Staatssammlung. 17: 167–280. 
  15. ^ Haas, S.K.; Hayssen, V.; Krausman, P.R. (2005). "Panthera leo" (PDF). Mammalian Species. 762: 1–11. doi:10.1644/1545-1410(2005)762[0001:PL]2.0.CO;2. 
  16. ^ Smith, C.H. (1842). "Black maned lion Leo melanochaitus". In Jardine, W. The Naturalist's Library. Vol. 15 Mammalia. London: Chatto and Windus. p. Plate X, 177. 
  17. ^ Noack, T. (1891). "Felis leo". Jahrbuch der Hamburgischen Wissenschaftlichen Anstalten. 9 (1): 120. 
  18. ^ a b Allen, J. A. (1924). "Carnivora Collected By The American Museum Congo Expedition". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 47: 73–281. 
  19. ^ a b c d Neumann, O. (1900). "Die von mir in den Jahren 1892–95 in Ost- und Central-Afrika, speciell in den Massai-Ländern und den Ländern am Victoria Nyansa gesammelten und beobachteten Säugethiere". Zoologische Jahrbücher. Abtheilung für Systematik, Geographie und Biologie der Thiere 13 (VI): 529–562. 
  20. ^ Lönnberg, E. (1910). "Mammals". In Sjöstedt, Y. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Schwedischen Zoologischen Expedition nach dem Kilimandjaro, dem Meru und den umgebenden Massaisteppen Deutsch-Ostafrikas 1905–1906. Volume 1. Uppsala: Königlich Schwedische Akademie der Wissenschaften. 
  21. ^ Lönnberg, E. (1914). "New and rare mammals from Congo". Revue de Zoologie Africaine (3): 273–278. 
  22. ^ a b Heller, E. (1914). "New races of carnivores and baboons from equatorial Africa and Abyssinia". Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections. 61 (19): 1–12. 
  23. ^ Zukowsky, L. (1964). "Eine neue Löwenrasse als weiterer Beleg für die Verzwergung der Wirbeltierfauna des afrikanischen Osthorns". Milu, Wissenschaftliche und Kulturelle Mitteilungen aus dem Tierpark Berlin (1): 269–273. 
  24. ^ a b Allen, G. M. (1939). A Checklist of African Mammals. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard College 83: 1–763.
  25. ^ Lundholm, B. (1952). "A skull of a Cape lioness (Felis leo melanochaitus H. Smith". Annals of the Transvaal Museum (32): 21–24. 
  26. ^ Stevenson-Hamilton, J. (1954). "Specimen of the extinct Cape lion". African Wildlife (8): 187–189. 
  27. ^ Pocock, R. I. (1930). "The lions of Asia". Journal of the Bombay Natural Historical Society. 34: 638–665. 
  28. ^ Ellerman, J. R. and T. C. S. Morrison-Scott (1966). "Subgenus Leo Oken, 1816, (Brehm, 1829)". Checklist of Palaearctic and Indian Mammals 1758 to 1946 (Second ed.). London: British Museum (Natural History). p. 319. 
  29. ^ Meester, J.; Setzer, H. W. (1977). The mammals of Africa. An identification manual. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. 
  30. ^ Hemmer, H. (1974). "Untersuchungen zur Stammesgeschichte der Pantherkatzen (Pantherinae) Teil 3. Zur Artgeschichte des Löwen Panthera (Panthera) leo (Linnaeus, 1758)". Veröffentlichungen der Zoologischen Staatssammlung. 17: 167–280. 
  31. ^ Yamaguchi, N. (2000). "The Barbary lion and the Cape lion: their phylogenetic places and conservation" (PDF). African Lion Working Group News. 1: 9–11. 
  32. ^ O’Brien, S. J.; Martenson, J. S.; Packer, C.; Herbst, L.; de Vos, V.; Joslin, P.; Ott-Joslin, J.; Wildt, D. E. & Bush, M. (1987). "Biochemical genetic variation in geographic isolates of African and Asiatic lions" (PDF). National Geographic Research. 3 (1): 114–124. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-05-02. 
  33. ^ Dubach, J.; Patterson, B.D.; Briggs, M.B.; Venzke, K.; Flamand, J.; Stander, P.; Scheepers, L.; Kays, R.W. (2005). "Molecular genetic variation across the southern and eastern geographic ranges of the African lion, Panthera leo". Conservation Genetics. 6 (1): 15–24. doi:10.1007/s10592-004-7729-6. 
  34. ^ a b Antunes, A.; Troyer, J. L.; Roelke, M. E.; Pecon-Slattery, J.; Packer, C.; Winterbach, C.; Winterbach, H.; Johnson, W. E. (2008). "The Evolutionary Dynamics of the Lion Panthera leo Revealed by Host and Viral Population Genomics". PLoS Genetics. 4 (11): e1000251. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1000251. PMC 2572142Freely accessible. PMID 18989457. 
  35. ^ Bertola, L. D.; Van Hooft, W. F.; Vrieling, K.; Uit De Weerd, D. R.; York, D. S.; Bauer, H.; Prins, H. H. T.; Funston, P. J.; Udo De Haes, H. A.; Leirs, H.; Van Haeringen, W. A.; Sogbohossou, E.; Tumenta, P. N.; De Iongh, H. H. (2011). "Genetic diversity, evolutionary history and implications for conservation of the lion (Panthera leo) in West and Central Africa". Journal of Biogeography. 38 (7): 1356–1367. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2011.02500.x. 
  36. ^ a b c Bruche, S.; Gusset, M.; Lippold, S.; Barnett, R.; Eulenberger, K.; Junhold, J.; Driscoll, C. A.; Hofreiter, M. (2012). "A genetically distinct lion (Panthera leo) population from Ethiopia". European Journal of Wildlife Research. 59 (2): 215–225. doi:10.1007/s10344-012-0668-5. 
  37. ^ Bertola, L.D.; Jongbloed, H.; Van Der Gaag K.J.; De Knijff, P.; Yamaguchi, N.; Hooghiemstra, H.; Bauer, H.; Henschel, P.; White, P.A.; Driscoll, C.A.; Tende, T.; Ottosson, U.; Saidu, Y.; Vrieling, K.; de Iongh, H. H. (2016). "Phylogeographic patterns in Africa and High Resolution Delineation of genetic clades in the Lion (Panthera leo)". Scientific Reports. 6: 30807. Bibcode:2016NatSR...630807B. doi:10.1038/srep30807. 
  38. ^ Guggisberg, C. A. W. (1975). "Lion Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758)". Wild Cats of the World. New York: Taplinger Publishing. pp. 138–179. ISBN 0-8008-8324-1. 
  39. ^ Nowell, K., Jackson, P. (1996). "African lion". Wild Cats: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan (PDF). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group. pp. 17–21. ISBN 2-8317-0045-0. 
  40. ^ Smuts, G.L.; Robinson, G.A.; Whyte, I.J. (1980). "Comparative growth of wild male and female lions (Panthera leo)". Journal of Zoology. 190 (3): 365–373. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.1980.tb01433.x. 
  41. ^ a b Guggisberg, Charles Albert Walter (1963). Simba: The Life of the Lion. Philadelphia, PA: Chilton Books. ASIN B000OKBJQ0. 
  42. ^ Gnoske T. P.; Celesia, G. G.; Kerbis, Peterhans J. C. (2006). "Dissociation between mane development and sexual maturity in lions (Panthera leo): solution to the Tsavo riddle?". Journal of Zoology. 270 (4): 551–560. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2006.00200.x. 
  43. ^ West, P. M.; Packer, C. (2002). "Sexual Selection, Temperature, and the Lion's Mane". Science. 297 (5585): 1339–1343. Bibcode:2002Sci...297.1339W. doi:10.1126/science.1073257. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 12193785. 
  44. ^ Call the Hair Club for Lions. The Field Museum.
  45. ^ Nagel, D., Hilsberg, S., Benesch, A., Scholtz, J. (2003). "Functional morphology and fur patterns in recent and fossil Panthera species". Scripta Geologica 126: 227–239. 
  46. ^ a b Turner, J. A., Vasicek, C. A. and Somers, M. J. (2015). "Effects of a colour variant on hunting ability: the white lion in South Africa". Open Science Repository Biology: e45011830. 
  47. ^ McBride, C. (1977). The White Lions of Timbavati. Johannesburg: E. Stanton. ISBN 0-949997-32-3. 
  48. ^ Tucker, L. (2003). Mystery of the White Lions—Children of the Sun God. Mapumulanga: Npenvu Press. ISBN 0-620-31409-5. 
  49. ^ Wood, G. L. (1983). The Guinness Book of Animal Facts and Feats. Sterling Publishing. ISBN 978-0-85112-235-9. 
  50. ^ a b Brakefield, T. (1993). Big Cats: Kingdom of Might. Voyageur Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-89658-329-0. 
  51. ^ Chardonnet, P. (2002). "Chapter II: Population Survey". Conservation of the African Lion : Contribution to a Status Survey (PDF). Paris: International Foundation for the Conservation of Wildlife, France & Conservation Force, USA. pp. 21–101. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 November 2013. 
  52. ^ Fagotto F. (1985). "Larger animals of Somalia in 1984". Environmental Conservation 12 (3): 260–264. 
  53. ^ a b c d Bauer, H.; Van Der Merwe, S. (2004). "Inventory of free-ranging lions Panthera leo in Africa". Oryx. 38 (1): 26–31. doi:10.1017/S0030605304000055. 
  54. ^ Yirga, G., Gebresenbet, F., Deckers, J. and Bauer, H. (2014). "Status of Lion (Panthera leo) and Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) in Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia". Momona Ethiopian Journal of Science 6(2): 127−137. 
  55. ^ "Lions rediscovered in Ethiopia's Alatash National Park". BBC News. 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  56. ^ Howard, B. C. (2016). "Once Thought Extinct, 'Lost' Group of Lions Discovered in Africa". National Geographic. Retrieved 2016-02-07. 
  57. ^ Wong, S. (2016). "Hidden population of up to 200 lions found in remote Ethiopia". New Scientist. Retrieved 2 February 2016. 
  58. ^ Dolrenry, S., Stenglein, J., Hazzah, L., Lutz, R.S. and Frank, L. (2014). "A metapopulation approach to African lion (Panthera leo) conservation". PLOS ONE. 9 (2): e88081. Bibcode:2014PLoSO...988081D. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0088081. PMC 3914926Freely accessible. PMID 24505385. 
  59. ^ a b Frank, L., Maclennan, S., Hazzah, L., Hill, T., & Bonham, R. (2006). Lion Killing in the Amboseli-Tsavo Ecosystem, 2001-2006, and its Implications for Kenya’s Lion Population.PDF Living with Lions, Nairobi, Kenya, 9.
  60. ^ Dolrenry S., Hazzah L., Frank L.G. (2016). "Conservation and monitoring of a persecuted African lion population by Maasai warriors". Conservation Biology. 30 (3): 467–475. doi:10.1111/cobi.12703. 
  61. ^ a b c d Riggio, J.; Jacobson, A.; Dollar, L.; Bauer, H.; Becker, M.; Dickman, A.; Funston, P.; Groom, R.; Henschel, P.; De Iongh, H.; Lichtenfeld, L. (2013). "The size of savannah Africa: a lion's (Panthera leo) view". Biodiversity and Conservation 22 (1): 17–35. doi:10.1007/s10531-012-0381-4. 
  62. ^ Treves A., Plumptre A. J., Hunter L. T., Ziwa J. (2009). "Identifying a potential lion Panthera leo stronghold in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda, and Parc National Des Virunga, Democratic Republic of Congo". Oryx. 43 (01): 60–66. doi:10.1017/s003060530700124x. 
  63. ^ Omoya, E.O.; Mudumba, T.; Buckland, S.T.; Mulondo, P. & Plumptre, A.J. (2014). "Estimating population sizes of lions Panthera leo and spotted hyaenas Crocuta crocuta in Uganda's savannah parks, using lure count methods" (PDF). Oryx. 48 (3): 394–401. 
  64. ^ "Addo Elephant National Park". South African National Parks. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  65. ^ Nowell, K.; Jackson, P. (1996). "Panthera leo". Wild Cats: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan (PDF). Gland, Switzerland: IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group. pp. 17–21. ISBN 2-8317-0045-0. 
  66. ^ Barnett, R., Sinding, M. H. S., Vieira, F. G., Mendoza, M. L. Z., Bonnet, M., Araldi, A., ... & Gilbert, M. T. P. (2018). No longer locally extinct? Tracing the origins of a lion (Panthera leo) living in Gabon. Conservation Genetics, 19(3), 611-618.
  67. ^ Henschel, P.H., Azani, D.E., Burton, C.O., Malanda, G., Saidu, Y.O., Sam, M.O., Hunter, L.U. (2010). Lion status updates from five range countries in West and Central Africa. Cat News 52: 34–39.
  68. ^ Hedwig, D., Kienast, I., Bonnet, M., Curran, B.K., Courage, A., Boesch, C., Kühl, H.S. and King, T. (2017). "A camera trap assessment of the forest mammal community within the transitional savannah‐forest mosaic of the Batéké Plateau National Park, Gabon". African Journal of Ecology. doi:10.1111/aje.12497. 
  69. ^ Barnett, R., Sinding, M.H., Vieira, F.G., Mendoza, M.L., Bonnet, M., Araldi, A., Kienast, I., Zambarda, A., Yamaguchi, N., Henschel, P., Gilbert, M.T. (2018). "No longer locally extinct? Tracing the origins of a lion (Panthera leo) living in Gabon". Conservation Genetics. 19 (3): 1−8. doi:10.1007/s10592-017-1039-2. 
  70. ^ Henschel, P.; Malanda, G. A.; Hunter, L. (2014). "The status of savanna carnivores in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, northern Republic of Congo". Journal of Mammalogy. 95 (4): 882−892. doi:10.1644/13-mamm-a-306. ISSN 0022-2372. open access publication – free to read
  71. ^ Milius, S. (2002). "Biology: Maneless lions live one guy per pride". Society for Science & the Public. 161 (16): 253. doi:10.1002/scin.5591611614. 
  72. ^ a b Hanby, J. P., and Bygott, J. D. (1979). "Population changes in lions and other predators". In Sinclair, A. R. E.; Norton-Griffiths, M. Serengeti: dynamics of an ecosystem. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. pp. 249−262. 
  73. ^ Borrego, N., Ozgul, A., Slotow, R. and Packer, C. (2018). "Lion population dynamics: do nomadic males matter?". Behavioral Ecology: early view. doi:10.1093/beheco/ary018. 
  74. ^ Hayward, M. W.; Kerley, G. I. H. (2005). "Prey preferences of the lion (Panthera leo)" (PDF). Journal of Zoology. 267 (3): 309–322. doi:10.1017/S0952836905007508. 
  75. ^ Hayward, M.W. and Kerley, G.I. (2005). "Prey preferences of the lion (Panthera leo)". Journal of Zoology. 267 (3): 309–322. 
  76. ^ Power, R. J.; Compion, R. X. S. (2009). "Lion predation on elephants in the Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana". African Zoology. 44 (1): 36–44. doi:10.3377/004.044.0104. 
  77. ^ Pienaar, U. de V. (1969). "Predator–prey relationships among the larger mammals of the Kruger National Park". Koedoe. 12 (1): ??missing!!!. doi:10.4102/koedoe.v12i1.753. 
  78. ^ Main, Douglas (2013-11-26). "Photos: The Biggest Lions on Earth". Live Science. Retrieved 2018-04-18. 
  79. ^ "Lions of the Okavango". Siyabona Africa. 2017. 
  80. ^ Jeal, Tim (2013). Livingstone: Revised and Expanded Edition. Yale University Press. p. 59. 
  81. ^ Kerbis Peterhans, J.C. and Gnoske, T.P. (2001). "The Science of 'Man-Eating*' Among Lions Panthera leo With a Reconstruction of the Natural History of the 'Man-Eaters of Tsavo'". Journal of East African Natural History 90. 90 (1): 1–40. doi:10.2982/0012-8317(2001)90[1:TSOMAL]2.0.CO;2. 
  82. ^ "Field Museum uncovers evidence behind man-eating; revises legend of its infamous man-eating lions" (Press release). The Field Museum. 2003. 
  83. ^ Patterson, J.H. (1907). The man-eaters of Tsavo and other East African adventures. London: Macmillan and Co.
  84. ^ Rushby, George G. (1965). No More the Tusker. London: W. H. Allen. 
  85. ^ "South African lions eat 'poacher', leaving just his head". The BBC. 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  86. ^ Haden, A. (2018-02-12). "Suspected poacher mauled to death by lions close to Kruger National Park". The South African. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  87. ^ Torchia, C. (2018-02-28). "Lion kills woman at refuge of South African 'lion whisperer'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-02-28. 
  88. ^ Feingold, S. (2018-03-02). "Lion mauls woman to death at popular South African wildlife sanctuary". CNN. Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  89. ^ "Lions eat 'rhino poachers' on South African game reserve". BBC. 2018-07-05. Retrieved 2018-07-19. 
  90. ^ "Suspected rhino poachers killed by lions in South Africa". Associated Press. Ottawa Citizen. 2018-07-06. Retrieved 2018-07-19. 
  91. ^ Williams, V.L., Loveridge, A.J., Newton, D.J. and Macdonald, D.W. (2017). "A roaring trade? The legal trade in Panthera leo bones from Africa to East-Southeast Asia". PLOS One. 12 (10): e0185996. Bibcode:2017PLoSO..1285996W. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0185996. 
  92. ^ "'Herdsmen' poison lions, vultures — but not in Nigeria". The Cable. 2018-02-17. Retrieved 2018-02-24. 
  93. ^ Kamoga, J. (2018). "East African lions dying of poisoning". The Observer. Retrieved 2018-02-24. 
  94. ^ Winter, S. (2018-02-16). "Lion MASSACRE as six big cats die after eating 'poison'". The Express. Retrieved 2018-02-24. 
  95. ^ "Zimbabwe's 'iconic' lion Cecil killed by hunter". BBC News. 27 July 2015. Archived from the original on 28 July 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  96. ^ "Xanda, son of Cecil the lion, killed by hunter in Zimbabwe". BBC News. 20 July 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2017. 
  97. ^ Ferreira, S. M.; Govender, D.; Herbst, M. (2013). "Conservation implications of Kalahari lion population dynamics". African Journal of Ecology. 51 (2): 176–179. 
  98. ^ The Kruger Nationalpark Map. Honeyguide Publications CC. South Africa 2004.
  99. ^ Smith, D. (2015). "Lions to be reintroduced to Rwanda after 15-year absence following genocide". The Guardian. 
  100. ^ Tefera, M. (2003). "Phenotypic and reproductive characteristics of lions (Panthera leo) at Addis Ababa Zoo". Biodiversity & Conservation. 12 (8): 1629–1639. Retrieved 2018-05-13. 
  101. ^ Barnett, R.; Yamaguchi, N.; Barnes, I. & Cooper, A. (2006). "The origin, current diversity and future conservation of the modern lion (Panthera leo)". Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 273 (1598): 2119–25. doi:10.1098/rspb.2006.3555. PMC 1635511Freely accessible. PMID 16901830. 
  102. ^ "South Africa: Lion Cubs Thought to Be Cape Lions". AP Archive, of the Associated Press. 8 November 2000.  (with 2-minute video of cubs at zoo with John Spence, 3 sound-bites, and 15 photos)
  103. ^ "'Extinct' lions (Cape lion) surface in Siberia". The BBC. 2000-11-05. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  104. ^ Hogarth, C.; Butler, N. (2004). "Animal Symbolism (Africa)". In Walter, M. N. Shamanism: An Encyclopedia of World Beliefs, Practices, and Culture, Volume 1. pp. 3–6. ISBN 1-57607-645-8. 
  105. ^ Lynch, P. A. (2004). African Mythology A to Z. Infobase Publishing. p. 63. ISBN 0-8160-4892-4. 

Further reading

External links

Media related to Panthera leo at Wikimedia Commons

Project Happy Cat

Promoting the Wellbeing of Cats

Raising awareness of their nature and needs, and facilitating community participation in their health, welfare & conservation.

May all cats be happy.

Free shipping for orders over R300 Dismiss