Lions are the only cats that live in family groups. A group of lions is called a pride. Prides can have 2-40 members. Female lions typically stay in the same pride for the entire lives. Male lions leave their prides when they are about 2 years old. Lions are the second largest of the cat species. Female lions do most of the hunting while the males protect their territory.
- Yellow-blonde, tan, light brown coats
- Male lions have a brown mane around their neck and head
- A brown tuft of fur at the end of their tail
- Dark spots on the backs of their tan ears
Lions live in grassy plains, the savanna, and dry, open woodlands. The territory of a lion pride can be anywhere from 15-400 square miles.
300 – 575 pounds
5.5 – 8.2 feet long
6 feet long
A lion’s roar can be heard 5 miles away
Airplanes fly 5 miles above the earth
- Wild Boar
- Water Buffalo
Lions are known to scavenge (take) the prey from other predators like hyenas and leopards
- Habitat Loss
Lions are losing a lot of their habitat to farmers and urbanization.
- Trophy Hunting
Trophy hunting is a big threat to wild lions, people want to hunt the biggest and best male which is not good for the general health of the lion population