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2009-08-17 14:24:30

The Kenya Wildlife Service announced Monday that Kenya's lion population has dropped an average of 100 lions a year since 2002, which could mean the big cats might become extinct in two decades. The organization's spokesman Paul Udoto told AFP that cattle herders who kill lions in retaliation for attacks on their stock have been blamed for a big chunk of the decline. Udoto said that habitat destruction, disease and the rising human population has also played a role in dropping the lion...

2009-06-29 10:55:00

Lions in Africa and Asia form prides in similar fashion to street gangs in order to protect their territory from other encroaching cats, according to new research. Researchers told BBC News that larger gangs have higher survival rates, which could help future conservation efforts. Researchers have observed lions forming prides, which consist of one or more males and several females and cubs. However, experts have previously been unable to explain why prides were formed. They assumed lions...

2009-06-26 11:29:00

MINNEAPOLIS, June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Receiving more than $80,000 from Minnesota and Wisconsin Multiple District Lions Clubs over the past years, Spring Point Project, a non profit organization developing pig donors for pancreatic islet transplantation to cure diabetes, is attending the Lions Clubs International 92nd Convention. Over 12,000 Lions delegates from more than 200 countries are expected to attend the convention July 6-10, 2009, in Minneapolis, Minn. Spring Point Project...

2009-06-25 13:26:00

CINCINNATI, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridge Worldwide's "Can Hands," created for Procter & Gamble's Pringles, received the prestigious Gold Cyber Lion at the 2009 Cannes Lions Awards. This was the first Gold Cyber Lion win for any Procter & Gamble brand and Bridge Worldwide's first submission to the Cannes Lions competition. The prestigious Gold Lion is considered by many to be the most competitive award in advertising. Only a handful of Gold Lions were awarded from the thousands of...

2009-06-23 13:06:19

A U.S. study has determined sport hunters are depleting lion and cougar populations in both the United States and Africa. The study, led by University of Minnesota Professor Craig Packer, looked at the number of lions and cougars killed by hunters during the past 15 to 25 years in Africa and the western United States. The analysis suggests sport hunting takes a significant toll on the large feline species because replacement males routinely kill their predecessors' cubs to improve their...

2009-06-17 14:57:55

United States and Africa see decline in lions and cougarsSport hunters are depleting lion and cougar populations as managers respond to demands to control predators that threaten livestock and humans, according to a study published in the June 17 issue of PLoS ONE. The study was led by Craig Packer, a University of Minnesota professor and renowned authority on lion behavior, who worked with an international team of conservationists.The study looked at numbers of lions and cougars killed by...

2009-05-06 23:50:17

A California man facing a charging mountain lion was saved by the dog he had once saved from being put down, authorities say. Hoagie, a mixed breed, ran between the Wildomar man and the big cat Tuesday afternoon at a Lake Elsinore campground, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. The dog and mountain lion went at it, with the dog nearly being killed before the cat ran off. There's no question the dog saved his life, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino. The man and his...

2009-04-02 11:20:00

Scientists from Oxford University have uncovered the remains of giant lions that roamed around Britain, Europe and North America up to 13,000 years ago, BBC News reported.Researchers previously thought they were a species of jaguar or tiger, but have now discovered through DNA analysis they were indeed large lions.Experts believe the giant lions, which were 25 percent bigger than the species of African lion living today, would have lived in the icy tundra with mammoths and saber-toothed...

2009-04-01 08:10:00

Oxford University scientists have identified remains of giant lions in parts of Britain, Europe and North America, from as long as 13,000 years ago, BBC News reported.  Upon early discovery of the remains, it has been believed the species is that of jaguar or tiger, however DNA analysis proves the remains are that of lions.  These lions were 25% larger and had longer legs to chase their prey than the species of African lion inhabiting the world today, Scientific evidence...

2009-01-30 09:30:00

Times are tough for wildlife living at the frontier between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Armies are reportedly encamped in a national park and wildlife preserve on the Congolese side, while displaced herders and their cattle have settled in an adjoining Ugandan park. And yet, the profusion of prey in the region could potentially support more than 900 individuals of the emblematic African lion, according to new research "“ but only if immediate conservation steps are...

Latest Lions Reference Libraries

Panthera leo spelaea
2012-11-16 15:34:04

Commonly known as the Eurasian cave lion or the European cave lion, Panthera leo spelaea is an extinct subspecies of lion. It is thought to have lived during the Pleistocene epoch, and may have lived in the Balkans in southeastern Europe until 2,000 years ago. The range of this cave lion would have included northwestern North America, Asia, and areas of Europe and would have extended from Germany, Spain, and Great Britain to the Yukon Territory. Its range also extended from Turkistan to...

Masai Lion, Panthera leo nubica
2012-11-16 15:20:46

The Masai lion (Panthera leo nubica), also known as the East African Lion, is a subspecies of the African lion. It can be found in Eastern areas of Africa. Males reach an average body length between 8.2 and 9.8 feet, including the tail, with a weight between 320 and 440 pounds. Masai lions located in northeastern Africa are often classified with P. nubica, which include Tsavo lions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsavo_lion), and these are known to produce males with no manes. The Masai lion...

Transvaal Lion, Panthera leo krugeri
2012-11-16 15:10:38

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...

American Lion, Panthera leo atrox or P. atrox
2012-04-26 06:05:05

The American lion (Panthera leo atrox or P. atrox) is also known as the North American lion, American cave lion, or Naegele’s giant jaguar. It is an extinct species that was native to North America and the northwestern parts of South America during the Pleistocene era. It lived up to eleven thousand years ago. During the last interglacial period in North America (the Sangamonian Stage), the American lion’s range included the Americas south of Alaska. The earliest fossils of these big cats...

2007-07-16 13:38:13

The Barbary Lion, Panthera leo leo, also known as the Atlas Lion or Nubian Lion, is an extinct subspecies of lion. It was believed to also be extinct in captivity. However, possible individuals or descendants have been located in zoos and circus populations within the last 3 decades. The last known Barbary Lion in the wild was shot in the Atlas Mountains in 1922. Their range extended from Morocco to Libya and throughout Egypt in North Africa. It is considered to be one of the largest of...

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