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.
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