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Extinct in the Wild

By SteveMoulding    
Barbary/Atlas Lion - Panthera leo leo
The Atlas Lion's were found throughout most of Africa, lions are becoming increasingly rare outside protected areas and are endangered. The Atlas lions kept at Port Lympne are now extinct in the wild.
As a carnivore, lions eat a wide range of prey including wildebeest, zebras, buffalo, giraffes, gazelles and hares. They sometimes even kill young elephants! Most hunting is done by teams of lionesses, with the males joining in the eating, but not the killing. Lions are also scavengers and often steal kills from other predator cats such as cheetahs, and hyaenas as well as other lions. Hopefully with our help and breeding programmes around the world these Lions may once again roam free on African soil.
Have a great week. I will away for a few days and unable to keep up with you all but will endeavor the following week.
Many thanks for all the C&Cs.
Best wishes

Tags: Africa Cat Lion Big cat Pets and captive animals Port lympne Wildlife and nature Barbary lion Atlas lion Extinct

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19 Sep 2010 10:58PM
great shot of a beautiful creatureSmile their extinction is not so greatSad
gary_d 13 576 13 Wales
19 Sep 2010 10:59PM
A beautiful animal and great image. - gary
Alec1 13 4 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2010 10:59PM
Nice detailed shot Steve and good eye contact.
NeilWigan Plus
10 17 16 England
19 Sep 2010 11:24PM
great detailed shot well done
RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
20 Sep 2010 3:34AM
Lovely shot, Steve. Like the info supplied too....makes it all the more interesting.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
20 Sep 2010 3:38AM
A lovely animal and very well captured Steve........Sandy
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 7:02AM
A great capture and interesting write up
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 7:21AM
A beautiful portrait.

fentiger 20 920 24 England
20 Sep 2010 7:49AM
A delightful portrait of this noble beast.

barbarahirst 12 27 12 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 12:16PM
A great capture here. and thanks for the writeup
20 Sep 2010 4:10PM
A proud and healthy looking specimen Steve, well captured and presented image,
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
20 Sep 2010 4:43PM
Great portrait of this wonderful beast Steve.
morpheus1955 14 3 2 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 7:33PM
Stunning portrait of a magnificent beast, beautifully captured.

EAS 12 1 13 Scotland
20 Sep 2010 8:01PM
Good and interesting info with a fine portrait to accompany it!

Jekaro 12 1 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2010 8:32PM
A fabulous portrait shot, Steve, also a very interesting write up.
20 Sep 2010 9:05PM
Fabulous portrait Steve,love that expression mate.
20 Sep 2010 9:37PM
Pleased to make it 30 for you Steve, a beautiful portrait.
goso 14 2 1 Australia
20 Sep 2010 9:41PM
First class portrait Steve...Bill
Glyn1 12 4 1 England
20 Sep 2010 10:11PM
A truly regal expression, great shot.

Brilane 14 5 12 Wales
22 Sep 2010 2:24AM
Excellent portrait.
photophantom 13 108 3 Philippines
22 Sep 2010 6:16AM
metro074 11 8 Australia
22 Sep 2010 7:04AM
Excellent capture! the large view is amazing! Well done Steve
Evgenya 11 Russian Federation
22 Sep 2010 10:25PM
Great portrait.
Brian65 12 2 United Kingdom
23 Sep 2010 5:36PM
A wonderful shot Steve.
wideangler 12 8 Wales
26 Sep 2010 11:20AM
Great portrait and write up; some excellent conservation work being done.
mrjt 15 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2010 9:25AM
A fine portrait ...JACK
RTDS 12 Cyprus
29 Sep 2010 7:23PM
Superb capture.
Great eye contact.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
30 Sep 2010 10:43PM
A fabulous portrait of this noble beast
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
10 Oct 2010 9:34AM
Super portrait, done well to get this at Port Lympne as the enclosure is quite dark at times. Ron.
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
14 Oct 2010 2:57PM
A beautiful shot Steve,

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