Transvaal Lion, Panthera leo krugeri

The Transvaal lion or the Southeast African lion (Panthera leo krugeri) is subspecies of the lion. It can be found in southern Africa, with a range that includes the Kalahari Region and Kruger National Park. This species was named after the Transvaal region of southern Africa, where it is thought that the closely related and extinct Cape lion represented the southern population of the species. Males can reach an average body length between 8.5 and 10.4 feet, with a weight of up to 551 pounds.  Females are smaller reaching an average body length between 7.7 and 9 feet, with a weight of up to 401 pounds. As is typical to lion species, males typically grow a luxurious mane. The diet of this species consists of zebras, warthogs, Cape buffalo, and sometimes baby giraffes if the main components of its diet are not abundant. There are more than 2,000 individuals within the Kruger National Park, and one hundred are registered in the International Species Information System.

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