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The magnificent African lion is the largest of Africa’s big cats and is primarily active at night, sleeping away most of the day to escape the intense heat. If you’re on safari then the best chance of spotting lions on the prowl and perhaps on the hunt is an early morning or evening game drive when they are active. Lions are highly social creatures that hunt cooperatively and form cohesive groups called prides, which is unusual for cats.
South African lions usually belong to the subspecies Panthera leo krugeri – Kruger National Park lion. In parts of the Northern Cape, Namibia and Botswana, male lions have spectacular black manes, belonging to the subspecies Panthera leo verneyi – Kalahari lion.
Panthera leo melanochaitus, the black-maned Cape Lion, became extinct in 1860. The Cape Lion once roamed around Cape Town and the Cape Province, the last one to be seen in the Cape was shot in 1858.
- This info from SafariNow.com
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