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African Lion
African Lion
Mammal. Male lions are the only cats with tufted tails and manes. They can reach a length of 2.5 meters (8 feet) and a height of 1.2 meters (4 feet). Unlike most other cat species, lions are very social animals. They live in an extended family called a “pride,” that is made up of about 15 individuals, centered around a group of related females. The pride's social system is based on cooperation and division of labor. By hunting together, the pride can catch prey that could outrun a single lion. Despite their vast differences from house cats, lions do clean themselves, like to rub on things, and are known to chase their own tails.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Panthera leo 15 years, 30 in captivity
Carnivore. Wildebeest, water buffalo, warthogs, gazelles, zebras, antelope, and a wide range of others from small rodents to young elephants when needed.
Predators and Threats
Savannas, grasslands, woodlands, and dense brush; sub-Saharan Africa, and a very small population in India.