I’m not going to lie. I LOVE lions. They are fierce, they have some great looking manes, and the females bring home the delicious bacon (antelope?). So it is probably kismet when I got my master’s degree from Columbia University, and joined its ranks a couple years thereafter. Why? Well the Columbia lion is a prevalent symbol on campus. There are plush versions found in the campus bookstore, blue-on-blue symbols donned on sportswear, a handful of stone and bronze sculptures planted across the grounds, and even a fight song all about encouraging the lion to roar. If you are fond of these giant felines and are curious to learn more about how the lion became so prominent on campus, then this blog post is for you.

Click on the link below to take a closer look at the different ways Columbia University has honored our mascot and king of the jungle, and helped him become the symbol we all know and love today.

Columbia’s King of the Jungle and the Columbia Alumni Who Crowned Him

h/t Lin Lan, Columbia Alumni Association