Barbary Lion Facts for Kids

The Barbary lion (Panthera leo leo) is possibly extinct in its natural habitat. The last of the Barbary lions was seen in Morocco in 1920. It occurred in Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, Somalia, and Algeria.

There are only 90 barbary lions remaining in zoos and protected areas. The lion is also called Atlas lion and North Africa lion.

Adult males weigh up to 270 to 300 kg (600 to 660 lb) with the length averaging 2.35 to 2.8 m (7 ft 9 in to 9 ft 2 in), whereas females measure 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in their overall length.

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Barbary lions used to eat wild boar, gazelles, red deer, and barbary stags. However when the prey population reduced the lion began to hunt domestic animals.

Barbary lions were used by Romans to see a fight with gladiators.

In the wild, they used to form only one family unit which consists of a male, one female and two cubs.

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