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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Magnificent black-maned Kalahari Lion

Last week we spotted this magnificent black-maned lion at Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa.
Many people are not aware that lions vary considerably around Africa. Adult male lions weight generally ranges between 150–250 kg (330–550 lb). On average about 5% heavier in southern Africa than East Africa. The presence, absence, color, and size of the mane is associated with genetic precondition, sexual maturity, climate, and testosterone production; the rule of thumb is the darker and fuller the mane, the healthier the lion (other things being equal). The Kalahari lions are renowned for the large size and black manes. This one was in beautiful condition.

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