I have read the book a couple of times but the last time was at least 20 years ago. My recollections are that Patterson survived as a lion hunter but was an amazing project manager, doing whatever it took to get the job done, including killing lions. The lions are on display at the Field Museum in Chicago. My recollections of the lions are very average taxidermy (possibly very good for 100 years ago) and they didn't have much of a mane. If you happen to be in the area it is probably worth the stop for the historical significance.