Unusual among big cats, lions are social and all females in a pride are related. Males are recognised by their large mane which makes them look powerful when fighting off intruding males. Males usually feed first, followed by females, then the cubs. Over 50 per cent of cubs do not survive beyond their first birthday, due to starvation or being killed by males that take over the pride.
Where they live
Africa, south of the Sahara
What they eat
Zebra, wildebeest, impala and the young of larger mammals such as buffalo