The black lion is a very rare kind of lion. The black lion is very rare such that there are only two of them in the whole world. The photographic evidence of a black lion first went viral in 2012. Though never caught on camera in motion, its majesty is clear from photos alone.


Though rare, when they are found, it is mainly in Southwest Africa as the name suggests. To be more specific, the countries where this kind of lion is found is Zaire, Angola, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Western Zambia. Those are a lot of places and it feels like they should be spotted everywhere but sadly that’s not the case. If they were everywhere, it would be easier to spot because they are the largest lions in the world. Males weigh up to 242 kg while females weigh between 105- 170 kg.


This kind of lion is found in East Africa mainly in Mozambique, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania but what exactly is it that makes this lion stand out? The Masai lion have less curved backs and longer legs than any other sub- species of lion. They have little knee beards.


Found in the North African part of Africa and that is why it is commonly known as the North African Lion but its other name includes Panthera Leo Leo. It is mainly spotted in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. Sadly, its one of the rarest species of lions due to hunting. The lion is extinct in the wild as the rest were killed in 1920’s Morocco but some still live in captivity in the Rabat Zoo. This is one of the largest sub- species of lions with weight of over 200 kg.


Just like the above mentioned lions, the Ethiopian comes with other names such as Addis Ababa and Panthera Leo Roosevelti. The Ethiopian lion was classified as a separate sub- species after phenotypic and genotypic analysis on lions kept in captivity in the Addis Ababa’s Zoo. Ethiopian lions have darker manes and smaller bodies compared to other lions species but this might be as a result of living in captivity.


The Asiatic lion was once wide spread roaming freely from Turkey to Southwest Asia to the Indian Subcontinent but now, they are not so much. You can only find this lion in Gir National Park in the wildlife sanctuary located in the Indian state of Gujarat. The weight of the male Asiatic lion ranges from 160- 190 kgs while that of the female ranges between 110- 120 kgs. A longitudinal fold of skin running along the belly is the striking feature that helps in the identification of the Asiatic lion.


They are located in the remote region of Ishasha. This lion is unique because of its noticeable hobby which is climbing trees. They are very rare that even though there is photographic evidence, a lot of people think the photographs are faked by Safari marketers but this lions are very much real. No one is quite sure why these lions have chosen the trees as their homes.



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