12 interesting facts about Lions

Lion is a member of the cat family (Felidae). Often referred to as the “King of the Jungle”, Lion is one of the two most famous cat species, the other being Tiger. Every wildlife lover has a dream of going on an African safari and watching the Lion from up close in the wild. Before you book your tickets to Africa, here are 12 interesting facts about Lions you should know.

Lifespan10-14 years in the wild
Weight160-225 kg for males/110-140 kg for females (depending on the subspecies and region)
IUCN conservation statusVulnerable
Scientific NamePanthera leo

12 interesting facts about Lions

  • Lion is the second largest cat species after Tiger. However, in Africa, it is the largest.
  • Lions can run at a speed of 80 km/hr in short bursts.
  • Lion’s roar can be heard from as far as 8 kilometers (5 miles).
  • Lions are the most social big cats. They live in groups of 15-30 known as pride.
A pride of Lions
  • Lions mostly hunt after dusk.
  • Only male Lions have mane.
  • Lions sometimes rest and sleep for 20 hours a day.
  • Most hunting for the pride is done by females.
  • Although referred to as the “King of the Jungle”, Lions mostly live in grasslands and savanna.
  • The Gir National Park in Gujarat, India is the only home for Asiatic lions.
An Asiatic Lioness with her cubs
An Asiatic Lioness with her cubs
  • The Gestation period for a lioness is 105-110 days. The lioness gives birth to 2-4 cubs.
  • Lion’s heel does not touch the ground when it walks.

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Quick question

Which is larger?


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Answer to quick question

African Bush Elephants are larger than African Forest elephants.

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