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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; 1st Edition edition (30 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861896557
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861896551
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"Deirdre Jackson's elegant exploration of the frankly rather dull life of the Lion will appeal even to those who would never normally pick up a book on the natural world."
--Mary Beard "Guardian "

Deirdre Jackson s elegant exploration of the frankly rather dull life of the Lion willappeal even to those who would never normally pick up a book on the natural world.
--Mary Beard "Guardian ""

About the Author

Deirdre Jackson works in the Department of Manuscripts at the British Library and is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL).


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This book was first published in 2010, has 195 pages, 49 B/W photos and 66 colour pictures but no maps. Magestic, noble and brave, Lion is the animal in humans mind, as the KING OF THE BEASTS. We are still puzzled by the male's mane. Lion was roaming in Tanzania about 2 million years ago and early cave paintings of lions go back to 32,000 years old. Now, only 36,000 lions may be left in Africa and about 300 in India. Being very powerful, they are also most vulnerable. Each lion has a unique set of wisker spots. The lions start roaring after their 1st birthday. Communal roaring is unique to lions. Lions know when to keep quiet. Lioness ovulate and conceive at the same time. For lions, conflict never ends. In Kalahari desert, lions quench their thirst on melons and cucumbers. Lions produce very smelly waste and have a very bad breath. Lioness prefer male lions with dark manes.'No rain, no mane'.
Next the book explains the 'Born Free' story and male and female big cat trainers. Public enjoyed seeing lion tricks in circuses. The Royals also starting keeping lions and so did professional artists. It was also found that lions made friends with domestic animals like dogs and sheep.
The next chapter deals with lion lore and legend, with many old pictures and paintings. Some of them 4000 years old. Lions are featured in medieval books and works of art. Lion is associated with life giving forces of SUN and WATER. Constellation LEO was identified 4000 yaers ago, the sign of JULY. Conscripted lions were used to guard buildings and drive away evil spirits. Lion stands for power, majesty, justice and mercy.
Hunters pursuit on the lions. Most failed to realise the velocity of its charge. Egyptian Pharaohs(1390 BC) and later Mughal Emperors(1615) hunted lions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine book about a potent symol--and some natural history as well. Nicely illustrated. 19 Feb. 2015
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This is excellently written and very well illustrated. I've read dozens of the books in this "Animal" series, and while all are good, this one stands out. Jackson knows her material, is passionate about lions and the result is a very informative book that is a pleasure to read. I hope that doesn't sound too much like a rave, but this is a good book.

Of all animals human culture is aware of, lions may resonate the most. Lions feature in heraldry and have for a very long time been a potent symbol of power, and a descriptor of regal majesty--as in the title The Lion of Judah. That may be what gives this volume much of its interest. As with others in the series, there is natural history of the animal, but more about the interplay of beast and culture, including legend, parables, fables, novels, poetry, film, and all the visual arts. The photos and other illustrations give a reader a very good sense of all this. Think of the common images: Daniel in the Lion's den. The lion sculptures outside the New York Public Library. The British lion (long a symbol). African warriors wearing lion skins. Lion tamers.

The book starts with natural history and lions in the wild, then to "Captive Cats," about the animals in zoos, carnivals and other settings. Chapter 3 is "Lion Lore and Legend." Chapter 4 is "in Pursuit" of lions--hunting and such. Chapter 5, "Golden Remnant" looks at the grim situation of lions remaining.
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