Range and Habitat: Savannahs, scrub or open woodlands of Central Africa
Life Span: Up to 20 years
Status in the Wild: Vulnerable
Threats to Survival: Habitat loss due to human encroachment, agriculture, roads and settlements.
- Lions are the only cats that live in groups which are called prides. A pride will consist of up to three males, a dozen or more females, and their young. Young females remain with the pride while young males eventually leave and form their own pride.
- Females tend to be the pride’s primary hunters. They work together to ‘ambush’ their prey. The diet of a pride of lions consists of antelopes, zebras, wildebeest, and other large animals of the open grasslands.
- Lions are the second largest species in the cat family; tigers are the largest cat. The roar of a lion can be heard up to five miles away.
- Lions will sleep 15 to 20 hours a day. That is quite a catnap!