African Lion Fun Facts

African Lion Facts

The African lion lives in the grasslands, scrub, and open woodland, and are the second largest cat in the world. Most lions found in the wild live in southern and eastern parts of Africa. They are social animals and live in extremely large prides, consisting of up to 30 individuals. The average pride consists of five or six females, their cubs of both sexes, and one or two males.

The average lifespan in the wild is 10 – 14 years. While in captivity, they live for as long as 20 – 25 years. The average male lion weighs around 400 pounds, while the average female lion weighs around 290 pounds. The heaviest lion on record was 876 pounds.

An adult male’s roar can be heard up to five miles away.

An adult male lion is easy to recognize thanks to his distinctive mane. Males with the darker manes are more likely to attract female lions.

The females of the pride usually do most of the hunting. Lions can reach speeds up to 50 miles per hour, but only in short bursts because of a lack of stamina, so they work in groups to catch their prey.

The African lion’s diet usually consists of large animals they find in the grasslands, including antelopes, zebras, and wildebeest.

Lions are ready to breed at 3 to 4 years old. The female has a gestation period of around four months. She will give birth to her young away from the others and hide her cubs for the first six weeks of their lives. At birth, the average cub weighs about 3 pounds, and completely dependent on their mother.

Female cubs stay with the pride as they age. At around two years old, they become capable hunters. However, the young males are forced out of the pride at that age by the alpha males.
Unfortunately due to hunting, and poaching, the lion population in Africa has been reduce by half since the early 1950s. Today, fewer than 21,000 remain in all of Africa.

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The African Lion

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