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IMAGE: In 1950 there were a million lions living the wild. Today there are only between 20.000 and 30.000. If we are to save them, we need to know more about…
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Credit: Photo: Per Harald Olsen, NTNU

As the “king of beasts,” majestic lions have been used as a symbol of courage, nobility and strength by rulers for over 6000 years. A lion became the symbol of a Norwegian king at least as early as 1280. It still stands proudly on Norway’s Coat of Arms.

Wild lions have likely never made their way to Norway, but European cave lions were once found as far…

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