In this detailed how-to, a Panthera researcher reveals the most telling clues to a lion's age: physical features like nose color, mane growth, facial scarring, teeth color and wear, and jowl slackness. Knowing a lion's age, she says, can be a valuable measure of a population's vital signs.
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