Marozi - Page 1: Evidence
Of A New Species | 2:
Theories | 3:
Examination Of The Specimens |
4: Cryptozoological Artwork
Marozi skin and skull specimens were last examined in 1937 and plans exist to extend these studies with DNA analysis. Time will tell if these studies go any further.
In various examinations the following things have been recorded regarding the skin:
Researchers at the Natural History Museum have now drawn the conclusion that the skin is not from a hybrid, and it is recorded as a young male lion which has retained vestiges of its juvenile coat. Two photographs on this page show that trait:
The lioness displays some abdominal spotting, though to a much lesser degree than the marozi skins.
The black and white image is even more interesting. This male was photographed at Nairobi National Park, Kenya, about 30 years ago. He is estimated at somewhere between one and two-years of age. Compare his pelage to the marozi skin shown on the left.
The skulls of the two marozi shot in 1931 were not kept, however a skull thought to belong to one of the lions was later located and examined.
Other known facts:
It's also possible to conclude that this unusual felid:
As time passes it becomes less likely the mystery of the marozi will ever be solved. It now seems clear that these mysterious cats are extinct, at least in the wilds of the Aberdare Mountains. There have been no further marozi reports in that area for over 60 years, though spotted lions are still quite commonly reported in other parts of Africa.
With Thanks To Kenneth Dower & William Heinemann