The first lion in 20 years has been spotted in the West African nation of Gabon. The species had previously been declared 'locally extinct.' Scientists say it is likely he is in search of a mate.
The Bateke Plateau National Park in Gabon was formed in 2002, and has since attracted animals that have otherwise been extinct -- or nearly -- for decades.
The lion was spotted on footage collected through a chimpanzee study in Bateke Plateau National Park led by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's Pan African Programme: The Cultured Chimpanzee and The Aspinall Foundation
A lot of protected species disappeared from Gabon in the '90s, including the African wild dog, spotted hyenas and, eventually lions. Footage from the study has captured more species in recent months.