How many species of lions are there?

May 23, 2014

There is actually only one species – the Panthera leo, however, there are several sub-species of lions which you may not know about. So when you head off on your African safari, read up about the various species and have a look at the photographs below to make sure you know which ones you will be seeing.

North East Congo lion

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An African lioness

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Katanga lion (Southwest African Lion) 

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White lion (mutation of Kruger subspecies)

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Masaai lion or Serengeti lion

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The Asiatic lion

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Abyssinian lion

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West African lion, or Senegal lion

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Somali lion 

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Kalahari lion

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How about seeing some beautiful lions in the wild?

There are many game reserves across Africa to view lions but some of the most popular locations are on a Kruger Safari or on a Tanzania Safari.

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