Traditionally, twelve recent subspecies of lion were recognized, the largest of which has been recognized as the Barbary Lion. There are reported lengths of 3–3.3 metres (10–10.8 ft) and weights of more than 200 kilograms (440 lb) for males.
The Barbary lion (Panthera leo leo), also known as the Atlas lion, is a lion subspecies that became extinct in the wild in 1922. Its former habitat range was in North Africa, encompassing the region from Morocco to Egypt.
The Barbary lion is often regarded as the largest and the heaviest of the lion subspecies, with estimated weights for males of 190 to 230 kilograms (420 to 510 lb) and for females of 150 to 190 kilograms (330 to 420 lb). These weight ranges have been criticized for being greatly exaggerated, however, with the Barbary lion being considered similar in size to the lions in East Africa. Male Barbary lions were around 2.7 to 3.3 metres (8 ft 10 in to 10 ft 10 in) in length and females were around 2.1 to 2.7 metres (6 ft 10 in to 8 ft 10 in) in length.
Fauna of Africa
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Fauna of Africa, in its broader sense, is all the animals living on the African continent and its surrounding seas and islands. The more characteristic African fauna is found in the Afrotropical ecoregion - formerly called Ethiopian (the Sub-Saharan Africa). Lying almost entirely within the tropics, and equally to north and south of the equator creates favourable conditions for rich wildlife.
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