SHOT 2/16/14 2:52:58 PM - Raja, a male African Lion, soaks up the sun while waiting to be fed one afternoon at the Denver Zoo in Denver, Co. The lion (Panthera leo) is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. The lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a major population decline in its African range of 30–50% per two decades during the second half of the 20th century. Highly distinctive, the male lion is easily recognised by its mane, and its face is one of the most widely recognised animal symbols in human culture.
(Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2014)
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