This is a lion:
Click the picture for a larger version of the photograph. Photo by Greg Laden.
And here are selected blog posts about lions and related beasts:
Amboseli Lions May Go Extinct
The Evolution of Cats: Sabertooth vs. Regular
The Lion That Ate the Earthwatcher
Rokan, the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), photographed at the National Zoo in Washington, DC.
The WCS-run Bronx Zoo is one of my most favorite places to visit, their Snow Leopards (Panthera uncia) making a visit worthwhile in and of itself. While you may hear "George" the lion roaring or any of the many tigers resident at the zoo calling to each other, they are veritable chatterboxes…
Zeff the Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica), photographed at the Bronx Zoo.