(TIME) LAGOS, Nigeria — Lions, that symbol of Africa’s wild beauty, power and freedom, no longer roam in Mali. Or in Ivory Coast or Ghana or war-shattered eastern Congo. Or most of the rest of West Africa.
Three years of searching and no sight of a lion for Philipp Henschel, lion survey coordinator for the New York-based Panthera conservation group.
Then he saw it, his first lion in West Africa. And in of all places, Nigeria.
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