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Katanga (Southwest African) lion

Katanga lion (Panthera leo bleyenberghi) is an animal that hardly needs any introduction. So, for reminders and briefly... Lions are the second largest carnivorous mammal felines. The only cat living in organised social groups, where leadership is played by the strongest male. It also belongs to the so-called African Big Five - the five most dangerous animals in Africa, where it ranks only fourth position, after elephants, rhinoceroses, and buffaloes, but before leopards - surprising?

Lions once inhabited Africa, Asia, and Europe, and if one were to consider American lion as a subspecies of Panthera leo, then they also inhabited North and South America. Today, they are found only in Africa, where they are vulnerable to extinction, and residually in India, where their condition in numbers has been defined as critical.

The male lion, easily recognisable by its mane, may weigh 150-250 kg. The largest known male, a lion named Simba that lived until 1970 in Colchester Zoo, attained a body weight of 375 kg. Females are much smaller, reaching 110-160 kg body weight (the heaviest 185 kg), they don’t have the mane.

Lions are carnivores, they mainly hunt hoofed mammals, such as antelopes, zebras, gazelles, African buffaloes, giraffes, and warthogs and occasionally the young of larger mammals, such as elephants, hippos, and rhinos.

Three individuals live in our zoo - two females (Yekepa and Okavango) and a male (Miombo). All were born in 2007, and the “ladies” are sisters.

Miombo the Lion is taken care of by SII Polska, which has also created for us a mobile map for IOS and for ANDROID.

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