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For the first time in two decades, lions will return to Rwanda

Kigali - After being wiped out more than 20 years ago in Rwanda's horrific genocide that claimed an estimated 800,000 lives, lions will return to the country, wildlife officials say.

Op-Ed: Gaza family rescues lion cubs after zoo is destroyed

Palestine - When Israeli air strikes devastated Gaza in 2014, the Rafah Zoo, located in the southern Gaza Strip, was also a casualty of war, struggling to recover from physical damage and the resulting economic freefall.

Understanding lions using DNA from museum specimens

Genetic analysis aids in not only painting a picture of the past, but preserving the future. Recent study unveils the history of modern lions using DNA garnered from natural history museums.

The 'King of Beasts' threatened by extinction in Western Africa

Plagued by underfunding, little governmental support, poaching and indiscriminate killing by cattle herders, many of the countries in Western Africa have little control or incentive to save the few remaining western African lions left in the wild.

Chinese zoo in trouble for displaying a dog as a lion

Luohe - A zoo in China got into trouble when a so-called "African lion" started barking. Turns out he was a Tibetan mastiff, which is a large and shaggy breed of dog, and rather different from a big African cat.

Video: Meet Kiara, the world's first liliger

Novosibirsk - Kiara is a liliger cub - daughter of an African lion with a mother who is half tiger/half lion (liger) - born in late August in a zoo in Novosibirsk, Siberia, Russia.

African lion faces extinction; estimated 20 years left

The Kenya Wildlife Service said the loss of 100 lions a year means extinction of the species within another 20 years. The big cats have been disappearing rapidly since 2002.

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Mother, Zita the liger
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Photographers comment:  I was standing on a viewing platform about 25m away. He wasn t doing much at...
Photographers comment: "I was standing on a viewing platform about 25m away. He wasn't doing much at all other than looking regal. The Okinjima AfriCat foundation in Namibia looks after sick or injured big cats until they can be returned to the wild.
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Kiara the liliger
Kiara the liliger
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