Lion


Common Name: Lion
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (Vertebrata)
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Pantherinae Panthera
Species: Leo

Size and Appearance: Lions can grow from 5.5-8.25 ft long and can weigh from 330-550 lb. They have a large range of fur colors from silvery grey to yellowish red to ocher brown. Males are easily recognized by its large mane while females look the same but without a mane.

Diet: Lions usually hunt large animals like Wildebeest, Zebras, Antelope, and sometimes crocodiles. Sometimes Lions will take over kills by hyenas which are usually rodents.

Distribution: Lions can be found in Central Africa and rarely in South Asia. They live in the same places and habitat as the Cheetah.

Social System: Unlike most big cats which are solitary and interactions are limited to mating, Lions live in a group called a pride. When Lions mate, they stay with their partner for life and sometimes live with other Lion families to form a pride. Pride members sometimes hunt cooperatively. Males living with a pride sometimes let a female hunt, but always get the first kill.

Habitat: Lions live in grassy plains, savanna, and open woodland, and scrub.

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A male lion resting


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A female lion (a lioness)