10 Facts About Barbary lion


Barbary lion, called the North African lion, Berber lion, Atlas lion, and Egyptian lion, is an extinct population of the lion subspecies Panthera leo leo.

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Historical sighting and hunting records from the 19th and 20th centuries show that the Barbary lion inhabited Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and scrub.

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The westernmost sighting of a Barbary lion reportedly occurred in the Anti-Atlas in western Morocco.

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In Libya, the Barbary lion persisted along the coast until the beginning of the 18th century, and was extirpated in Tunisia by 1890.

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The Barbary lion disappeared in the Bone region by 1890, in the Khroumire and Souk Ahras regions by 1891, and in Batna Province by 1893.

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The last recorded shooting of a wild Barbary lion took place in 1942 near Tizi n'Tichka in the Moroccan part of the Atlas Mountains.

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The size of prides was likely similar to prides living in sub-Saharan habitats, whereas the density of the Barbary lion population is considered to have been lower than in moister habitats.

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Nonetheless, genes of the Barbary lion are likely to be present in common European zoo lions, since this was one of the most frequently introduced subspecies.

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Barbary lion represented destructive power, but was regarded as protector against famine and disease.

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In 2001, the skeleton of a mummified Barbary lion was found in the tomb of Maia in a necropolis dedicated to Tutankhamun at Saqqara.

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