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African LionAfrican Lion

Panthera leo


Average size: 265 - 420 lbs. / 4.5 - 6.5 ft

Average lifespan: 10 - 14 years

Range/distribution Map

Habitat description: Lions can found in the southern Sahara Desert, as well as in parts of southern and eastern Africa. They are primarily plain dwellers, they populations do branch into desert areas and forested areas.

Behavior: Lions live in groups of up to 15 individuals known as "prides". The pride consists primarily of females (usually related) with 1 male (though there has been 2 or 3 males in a pride). The females are responsible for hunting and raising the young, the males primary purpose is protection of the pride.

Current news/event & conservation status: Currently, Lions are listed as "venerable". The three primary threats they face are disease, habitat loss, and poaching.

Fun Fact

Lions are the second largest cats in the world!