A National Geographic Explorer has a very rare encounter with a black-maned male lion in Bale Mountains National Park in Ethiopia.
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In the Harenna Forest of Bale Mountains National Park in Ethiopia, National Geographic Explorer and University of Utah biology professor Çağan Şekercioğlu was doing mammal road surveys when he had a very rare encounter with one of the park’s famous black-maned male lions. There are believed to be only around 50 lions left in the park. The distinct features found in Ethiopian lions in the wild make them of particular interest to lion geneticists. With dwindling numbers, their conservation is of great concern.
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Read “Very Rare Black-Maned Ethiopian Lion Caught on Video.”
For more of Çağan Şekercioğlu’s work.
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