Katanga or South West African Lion

Panthera Leo bleyenberghi


The third largest land predator after the bear and the tiger weights up to 280kg. Males reach a height of 120 cm, females 100 cm.

Lions differ in colour from light buff to yellowish, sometimes reddish to dark ochraceous brown.

The tail is 70-100 cm long and ends in a dark tuft. Only the male sports the distinct mane.


Southwest African savanna and grasslands in Namibia, Angola and Katanga (Zaire).

Katanga Lion

A Katanga Lion seen on a tailor made safari in the Etosha National Park in Namibia.

photo: Beate