It is the second largest living cat after the tiger. They are nocturnal, sleeping mostly during the day. Females are the prime hunters. Males are the better protectors of the herd. Only male lions have manes. Lions are the only cats that live in groups; these groups are called prides. The prides’ territory can be as large as 100 miles. They defend it by roaring loudly, chasing off intruders and marking their spot with the smell of their urine. Young lions, cubs, only begin to hunt once they are around one year old. If the opportunity arises they will hunt alone rather than in a group, they also steal kills from hyenas or wild dogs. Historically, lions have been associated with both courage and strength.
|Diet||Carnivore: Wildebeest, Zebras, Buffalo, Warthogs|
|Size||Head and body, 4.5 - 6.5 feet, tall 26.25 - 39.5 inches|
|Average Life Span||10-14 years in the wild (over 20 in captivity)|