A question has always nagged me whenever I read the Wheel of Time: Where are the lions? The Savanna cats are the standard of Andor, a large country with a long history and a very prominent place in the storyline. But we only see an actual lion once, in The Shadow Rising, Chapter 11, while Egwene is dreamwalking in Tel’aran’rhiod and idly observes Aiel ‘Wise One’ Amys hunt a “boar” in the Waste. Given that it’s possible to mentally create a creature in the World of Dreams, the lion Egwene saw could be merely a construct of her or the Wise One’s imagination—although to accurately imagine a lion, one would probably have to have seen one in real life. (Unless Tel’aran’rhiod can fill in the details if a Dreamwalker attempts to imagine a lion?)
So, maybe there are lions in the Waste. But this leads to more questions, because if there are lions, then surely there must be giraffes, elephants, and zebras for the carnivores to munch on. Despite fifteen books worth of adventuring, these species remain unseen. So where are ANY of the animals?