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When Did the Barbary Lion Really Go Extinct?

History books tell us that the last wild Barbary lion ( Panthera leo leo ) was probably killed in 1922 by a French colonial hunter in Morocco. But in repeating the tale of this well-documented death, the history books may have left a chapter or two out of the story.Barbary, or Atlas, lions once roamed throughout the deserts and mountains of northern Africa, ranging from Morocco to Egypt, far to the north of their sub-Saharan relatives...

April 22, 2013 — John R. Platt

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