African Lion Facts - Panthero Leo Krugeri
Lions are nicknamed the King of the Jungle. Lions live
in the grassy plains, savannas, open woodlands and scrub
country. Unlike other big cats the lion does not have
a patterned coat. Lionís have tawny coats and tufts
at the ends of their tails. A lionís tan coloring allow
them to blend with the grass of the African plains.
Male lions have hairy manes that frame their face.
Male Lions are 4 feet tall and are 5-8 feet in length.
Male lions are 330-500 lbs, females are smaller.The
top speed of a lion over a short distance is 50 mph.
Lions are territorial creatures. A lionís roar can
be heard over 5 miles away. Lions live in groups also
known as prides with up to 15 lions. A lionís pride
usually has a single male and related females with their
young. A typical litter of lion cubs is 3-4. Lion cubs
begin hunting at 11 months but may stay with their mother
for 2 years. Lion cubs are born with spots but they
lose the spots as they get older.
Female lions do almost all the hunting, hunting primarily
at night and in teams. Lions prey on zebra, giraffes,
buffalo, hogs, and smaller animals. Lions are even known
to attack elephants when in need of food.
The average lifespan of a lion in the wild is 10-14
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