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to discover, share and identify wildlife
The lion is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Until the late Pleistocene, about 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans. Wild lions disappeared from North Africa and Southwest Asia in historic times. Nowadays, the lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a possibly irreversible population decline of thirty to fifty percent over the past two decades in its African range. Within Africa, the West African lion population is particularly endangered.
At the Zoo de Madrid
Zoos are always a strange mix of joy and sadness. Joy to watch beautiful animal and the sadness to assist, maybe, to the last episode of their extinction.