National Geographic : 1943 Feb
King of Cats and His Court © National Geographic Society Iainting by Walter A. Weber Beneath an Acacia, Simba and His Consort Escape Africa's Hot Sun A wild lion's magnificent muscles make his captive brothers appear lean, flabby, and humpbacked. One paw blow, backed by his 500 pounds, can break a zebra's neck. Within historic times Felis leo roamed southern Europe. Today he flourishes in Africa, exists in Iran, nears extinction in India.