I have always loved all cats, but I became more interested in researching lions when three Royal lions came to the Denver Zoo from Qatar. I will include some photos of these particular lions which offer a new gene pool to lions in captivity in the US today. Actually it is now a couple of years later and all three cats have been moved to other zoos exactly for this reason.
According to folklore lions symbolize strength and honor as well as courage and self-confidence. They also are associated with generosity, loyalty and leadership. Lions come in second in size among wildcats to the tiger, which is quite a lot larger. The genus of the lion is Panthera.