Male lions, known for their magnificent manes, are an African icon. It comes as no surprise that a few eyebrows were raised when our grantee Kope Lion spotted a male lion within Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater with no mane. It appeared that this lion had actually lost its mane somehow.
Kope Lion is not sure why Kalamas lost his mane. They speculate that the hair loss could be from stress due to conflict with other lions. It could have also been caused by the stress of traveling between the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. It’s a mystery why he lost his mane, but his mane was able to grow back within a few months’ time.