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Transvaal lion

The Transvaal lion (Panthera leo krugeri), also known as the Southeast African lion, is a subspecies of the Lion that lives in southern Africa, including Kruger National Park and the Kalahari Region.[1] It is named after the Transvaal region in South Africa.

According to recent genetic research, the extinct Cape lion, formerly described as a separate subspecies, is not significantly different from other South African lions. Therefore the Cape lion would have represented the southernmost population of the Transvaal lion.[2]

The male has usually a well-developed mane. Males are around 2.6–3.20 metres long including the tail. The females are 2.35–2.75 metres. The weight of males is generally 150–250 kg, while the females are 110–182 kg. They have a shoulder height of 0.92–1.23 metres. They eat wildebeest, zebras, Cape buffalo, warthogs, and occasionally baby giraffes if their normal prey is scarce. Leucism occurs in this type of lion, but is quite rare.

White lions owe their coloring to a recessive gene; they are rare forms of the subspecies Panthera leo krugeri.
The dark-maned lions of the Kalahari are usually included into the Transvaal lion
Captive Transvaal lion

There are more the 2000 lions of this subspecies in the well protected Kruger National Park.[3] In addition about 100 lions are registered under the name P. l. krugeri by the International Species Information System. These animals are derived from animals captured in South Africa.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haas, S.K.; Hayssen, V.; Krausman, P.R. (2005). "Panthera leo". Mammalian Species 762: 1–11. doi:10.1644/1545-1410(2005)762[0001:PL]2.0.CO;2. 
  2. ^ Barnett, R., Yamaguchi, N.; Barnes, I. and Cooper, A. (2006). "Lost populations and preserving genetic diversity in the lion Panthera leo: Implications for its ex situ conservation". Conservation Genetics 7 (4): 507. doi:10.1007/s10592-005-9062-0. 
  3. ^ The Kruger Nationalpark Map. Honeyguide Publications CC. South Africa 2004.
  4. ^ Barnett, R.; Yamaguchi, N.; Barnes, I.; and Cooper, A. (2006). "The origin, current diversity and future conservation of the modern lion (Panthera leo)". Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 273 (1598): 2119–25. doi:10.1098/rspb.2006.3555. PMC 1635511. PMID 16901830. 
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