African lion facts
Interesting facts about the king of the beasts, the majestic African Lion.
Extinct in North Africa. Now found in Africa, south of the Sahara
Length: Male: 2.6 - 3.3m excluding tail
Female: 2.4 - 2.7m excluding tail
Tail: 60 - 100cm
Weight: Male: 150 - 250kg
Female: 110 - 180kg
In the wild the lifespan of lions is approximately 15 years, however in captivity it can be as long as 30 years.
Lions reach sexual maturity at 2 years old and mate at all times of the year. The gestation period is 102-112 days which usually results in 2 to 5 cubs.
Lions are social and territorial animals who live in family groups called prides
Carnivorous, mainly mammals from giraffes to buffalo, deer and carrion
Varied, from grasslands of East Africa to sands of the Kalahari Desert
Status in the Wild:
Range constantly being reduced but not endangered yet.
Lions are unique among cats in that the male can be easily distinguished from the female (lioness) because he possesses a mane of hair. As in most cats, the eyes are adapted for seeing at night when they do a lot of hunting. The claws can be retracted in sheaths to prevent them getting blunted when walking across the savannah, which they can do almost noiselessly on soft pads.