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A Barbary Lion skull in the Treasures gallery

Workmen digging up the moat around the Tower of London in 1937 were surprised to find this extraordinarily well-preserved Barbary Lion skull. This lion was the jewel of the royal zoo in the Tower around 700 years ago. Purebred North African Barbary lions are now extinct in the wild.

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You can find out more about our fascinating collections online, including 12 highlights of the Treasures gallery, or find out what else there is to see in the Museum.