African lions

African Lions

Range and Habitat:  Savannahs, scrub or open woodlands of Central Africa

Diet:  Carnivore

Life Span:  Up to 20 years

Status in the Wild:  Vulnerable

Threats to Survival:  
Habitat loss due to human encroachment, agriculture, roads and settlements.  

Interesting Facts

  • 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!
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