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Aside from its impressive size – believed to have been the largest of all lion subspecies – the Barbary Lion is also somewhat distinctive due to its darker colouration, something that I was immediately drawn to and felt compelled to enhance just a little to add just a tad more dramatic appeal, well, a little more that is from its normal complexion but quiet a bit more that what appeared in the RAW file, as let's just say the ambient light down at Port Lympne Wildlife Park in Kent that afternoon was far from favourable from a photographer's perspective, just ask Sue Demetriou if you don't believe me, she was there freezing her ass off too ;^)

Sadly, this magnificent animal, with its former natural habitat stretching across the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Algeria and further northeastward to Egypt, has been extinct in the wild since the early 20th century. It is estimated that there are around 140 Barbary Lions in captivity, however, further reading suggests that few of those are direct descendants of the Barbary Lion sub-specie, as many have been breed with others from the African continent, though there are efforts at selective breeding that may shed a glimmer of hope.

Thanks as always for your time and interest, and wishing you a great one ahead!

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