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African lion
Ann Batdorf, NZP photographer

African Lion

More than 10,000 years ago, lions thrived from North and South America to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Following climatic changes and after centuries of hunting and habitat degradation by people, lions live in scattered habitats across Africa except for a small population that hangs on in the dry Gir Forest of northwest India.

You can see a female lion at the Great Cats exhibit.

Lion Facts

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