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Looks like a wise & powerful old man. Katanga or Southwest African Lion (Panthera leo bleyenberghi) is found in Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and the Dem. Republic of Congo. Photo taken at the Ústí nad Labem zoo - Ustecky, Czech Republic. -kc
"Worthy persons deserve to be called so because they are not carried away by the eight winds: prosperity, decline, disgrace, honor, praise, censure, suffering, and pleasure. They are neither elated by prosperity nor grieved by decline." ~Nichiren
A rare black lion. My understanding is that almost all large cats have a recessive black, or melanistic, trait. That's why you have black panthers, which are usually melanistic leopards or sometimes melanistic tigers. It is also why there are black jaguars, as opposed to those with spotted coats. The melanistic trait in lions is simply more rare than in other types of large cats.
Beautiful creatures - with around an estimated 20,000 left in the wild, they are right along side the polar bear for need of protection. The West African lion is considered critically endangered with only an estimated 406 left in the wild.