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The lion is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and a member of the family Felidae. With some males exceeding 250 kg in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger. Wild lions currently exist in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia with a critically endangered remnant population in Gir Forest National Park in India, having disappeared from North Africa and Southwest Asia in historic times. Until the late Pleistocene, about 10,000 years ago, the lion was the most widespread large land mammal after humans. They were found in most of Africa, much of Eurasia from western Europe to India, and in the Americas from the Yukon to Peru. Lions live for ten to fourteen years in the wild, while in captivity they can live longer than twenty years. In the wild, males seldom live longer than ten years, as injuries sustained from continual fighting with rival males greatly reduce their longevity.

African Lion Facts

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 years.

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