Cape lion, museum display

Cape lion, museum display

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Credit: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cape lion (Panthera leo melanochaitus), mounted museum specimen. This lion skin was sent to the Natural History Museum, London, UK, in 1954. It is a black-maned Cape lion that was shot near South Africa's Orange River in 1836 by Captain Copland-Crawford of the Royal Artillery. The Cape lion had been hunted to extinction by the end of the 19th century. This display is part of the collections at the Natural History Museum, London, UK.

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