This shot is a little melancholy. This handsome guy is a Barbary Lion. They are unique in being the only known Lion to live in snow covered areas.
They are unfortunately also unique, in that they are extinct in the wild - I'm told this guy is one of the handful left in captivity. As all Barbarys live in captivity, there is virtually no hope of ever re-introducing them into the wild.
A truly sobering shoot for me, and a last chance to see one of these magnificent creatures before they are consigned to the history books...
Entered in the zoo photographer competition [link]