Barbary Lion Extinct

circa 1942 CENorth Africa

"The Barbary lion…belongs to a subspecies that has been extinct since 1922. This is the lion to which Christians were thrown by the Romans, and it is a very close relative to today's 'king of the jungle' . . .The male could weigh as much as 500 pounds and measured 10 feet from nose to tail. This cat was well known to the Roman world; Caesar alone owned more than 100 of them and Nero no doubt had a few more."

Balouet, Jean Christophe., Eric Alibert, and Joan Robb. Extinct Species of the World. New York: Barron's, 1990. 123.

Barbary Lion, Sir Alfred Edward Pease, 1893.