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The image of the lion in western society king of the jungle or endangered species The lion Leo or panthera leo the large cat of the family Felidae the second largest of the big cats after the tiger has always captured our imagination For centuries it has been the symbol of power strength pride courage and royalty It is one of the main motifs throughout heraldry Many royal and powerful families have the lion on their crests The lion gained its throne in Aesops fables as king of the beasts and today royal supremacy is still mirrored in the British Royal Coat-of-arms the lion and the unicorn which is spread throughout the Commonwealth The Holden car plate is based on the Egyptian-style Wembley lion symbol of Londons 1924-1925 British Empire exhibition The Metro Goldwyn Mayer MGM trademark the home of the roaring lion is the hallmark of Hollywood symbolic of filmmaking fame and power The international Lions Rotary club takes pride in helping others their emblem of two lion heads one facing east and one facing west carries the motto we serve In Adelaide the ING advertisements on television endorsed by the Scottish comedian Billy Connolly offer their services using the lion symbol ING International Netherlands Group one of Australias leading fund managers and life insurers thus promises to protect our hard-earned savings The University of Adelaide proudly displays on its campus a stone statue of a lion holding a crest an open book under the constellation of the Southern Cross symbolising the power of learninghigher education At the entrance of the Stamford Hotel in Adelaide two huge brass lion statues welcome visitors promising a royal reception and accommodation The hotel belongs to the international chain of luxury hotels named after Sir Stamford Raffles 1781-1826 a British administrator who founded Singapore in 1819 In the light entertainment sector two animated Walt Disney films about lions have charmed young and old alike The
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