The Barbary Lion was the largest lion of the subspecies. They possessed a large black mane that extended to the underbelly and groin. Their mane also extended longer along its back and over its shoulders. The Barbary lions lived in the Atlas Mountains of Northern Africa, from Morocco to Egypt. They were more heavily built than today's lions weighing over 500 lbs and reaching 9-11 feet in length. Barbary Lions have been officially declared extinct in the wild.

This lion is from the Port Lympne Wildlife Park and he is a beauty; much darker than any other lion I have seen... left quite speechless by him really and just spent most of the time watching..... Alas extinct in the wild... what more can I say....

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