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Lions in West-Africa

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Source/credits: https://djanguette.wordpress.com/2017/09/01/rencontre-avec-la-faune-dafrique-au-parc-de-la-pendjari-benin/

Some what big maned pendjari male. I have noticed that west african lions are not to comfortable around people. As this male looks uncomfortable.


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Some of the best photos of west african lion.



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There is no lion in this picture... I swear!


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Pendjari National Park, Benin


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Heavy looking male




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About #233: of course it doesn't matter but, how to say ? Very " distinguished " the french photographer... Like the french visitors into zoos.
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Pendjari lions with buffalo kill


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Some great posts Lycaon! I didn't realize there were so many photographs of these West African lions! Same thing for leopards, those from West Africa are among the least well observed, yet you've shared some great photos.

I admire your passion for West and Central African wildlife. I myself have always been drawn to animals and wild places which are least well documented and most poorly represented. In the case of Africa, most of what we see in books and documentaries is actually only one half of the continent (ie the much better observed East and Southern African areas) - the other half is usually neglected. This is unfortunate especially considering most African species have distinct West/Central and East/Southern subspecies. The lion being one of them. Even for leopards, recent genetic studies suggest the idea of a single African subspecies may turn to be false, as more comprehensive analysis showed evidence for distinct sub populations in West Africa, Gabon, Central/East Africa, Central/Southern Africa, and South Africa. Further studies may establish these populations as distinct sub species (they probably will IMO).

However, as you may know conservation of wild areas in West and Central Africa is largely lacking. Bush meat hunting is rampant in most areas which in some places is further exacerbated by civil wars where the influx of automatic weapons results in large scale decimation of wild game. Hopefully things will improve in the future.
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Thank you it means a lot.! I find it comforting that you also share the same interest ,in the forgotten and over looked distinctive Biodiversity of west and central africa. I am indeed aware of the rampant poaching in this part of africa. I do 

hope the recent programs set up by african parks and other ngo's does actually revitalize west and central africa.
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This male was stalking two warthogs. The warthogs hadn't seen him and they wandered pretty close, but the lion lost interest.
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Good morning!

We saw this male and its brother (probably) on patrol in the early morning.
West African lions have smaller manes than in East and Southern Africa.
Panthera leo senegalensis
Parc national de la Pendjari.




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(08-28-2019, 10:37 PM)chui_ Wrote: Some great posts Lycaon! I didn't realize there were so many photographs of these West African lions! Same thing for leopards, those from West Africa are among the least well observed, yet you've shared some great photos.

I admire your passion for West and Central African wildlife. I myself have always been drawn to animals and wild places which are least well documented and most poorly represented. In the case of Africa, most of what we see in books and documentaries is actually only one half of the continent (ie the much better observed East and Southern African areas) - the other half is usually neglected. This is unfortunate especially considering most African species have distinct West/Central and East/Southern subspecies. The lion being one of them. Even for leopards, recent genetic studies suggest the idea of a single African subspecies may turn to be false, as more comprehensive analysis showed evidence for distinct sub populations in West Africa, Gabon, Central/East Africa, Central/Southern Africa, and South Africa. Further studies may establish these populations as distinct sub species (they probably will IMO).

However, as you may know conservation of wild areas in West and Central Africa is largely lacking. Bush meat hunting is rampant in most areas which in some places is further exacerbated by civil wars where the influx of automatic weapons results in large scale decimation of wild game. Hopefully things will improve in the future.

Not half of Africa, but half of sub-Saharan Africa. The Maghreb (Northwest Africa, where the Barbary lion would have been, and where the Barbary leopard might still be) and Northeast Africa (where the Nubian-cum-Egyptian lions would have been, and where the Southeast Egyptian leopard might still be, particularly in the protected area of Elba) are not included here.
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Not the best video but it is always special to see lions from Senegal.




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