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A male African lion (Panthera leo) naps in the sun at the Houston Zoo.

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A male African lion (Panthera leo) at Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.

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A lion feeds on a cow carcass in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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An infrared remote camera captures a male lion near a hyena den.

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An African male lion is projected onto the Vatican in an effort to raise awareness for the extinction crisis.

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An infrared remote camera captures a male lion near a hyena den.

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A crew tranquilizes and radio collars a lion for monitoring.

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A crew tranquilizes and radio collars a lion for monitoring.

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A lion feeds on a cow carcass in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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A lion feeds on a cow carcass in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Lions in the northern end of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Lions meet the robocar in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Lions meet the robocar in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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A pair of male African lions resting at a safari lodge.

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A lioness feeds on the remains of a cow inside Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. As the human population grows in East Africa, more cattle are pushed into the park, leading to more lion kills–and more poisoning of the lions by cattlemen.

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A radio-collared lioness and her cub wake up at dusk on their treetop perch in the Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore stops for a quick nap with a lion, tranquilized by researchers, in Uganda’s Albertine Rift.

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The opening spread of the Albertine Rift article, from the November, 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine

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Male African lions (Panthera leo) at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure.

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