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The Lion Shrine

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Mont Alto Lion Shrine


The symbol of The Pennsylvania State University is the North American felis concolor, variously known as the mountain lion, cougar, puma, or panther.  The large tawny-colored “cat” became extinct in this region a quarter century after the University was founded in 1855.

 

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This location is one of the most photographed on the Mont Alto campus. Each year Mont Alto athletic teams, student clubs, and graduates line up to get their picture taken by the lion.  

The lion was purchased for $4,000 by the students at Mont Alto using money from the student activities fund. This lion is the seventh replica of the original Nittany Lion that has been constructed for Penn State campuses.