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How many species of lions are there?

How many species of lions exist?

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.

1. North East Congo lion

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2. An African lioness

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3. Katanga lion (Southwest African Lion)

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4. White lion (mutation of Kruger subspecies)

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5. Masaai lion or Serengeti lion

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6. The Asiatic lion

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7. Abyssinian lion

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8. West African lion, or Senegal lion

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9. Somali lion

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10. 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.

 

 

About Bronwyn Paxton

Article by: Bronwyn Paxton
on December 23, 2022
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