The lions of the Kalahari are different. It’s not a separate species, but more a kind of sub-species. They definitely look different.

They’ve got longer legs and are lighter in colour. The most distinguishing feature is the males’ manes. Instead of brown, they are pitch black.

According to scientists this is an advanced adaptation to their environment. Their light fur offers better camouflage and their lithe build makes them quicker and light-footed.

The best place to see them is the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Kalahari Desert. Though you can spot them in many places as they cover long distances while they are stalking their prey.