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Lion Facts

The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.

Lions are often thought of as ferocious predators; the "King of the Jungle." They have a mysterious, majestic air to them that draws people in (usually to see them at a zoo or, if you're lucky, on a wildlife safari).

Lions in the wild exhibit a very similar behavior, especially when subordinate females or younger animals meet up with more dominant lions in the pride. When a subordinate lion comes upon a dominant lion, she lowers her head, lifts her tail, and rubs her head against the other animal.

Fun Facts about Lions

Unlike other cats, lions are very social animals. They live in groups, called prides, of around 30 lions. A pride consists of up to three males, a dozen related females, and their young. The size of the pride is determined by the availability of food and water.

Lion Facts

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1 Lions enjoy relaxing and lazing around. They spend between 16 and 20 hours each day resting and sleeping. They have few sweat glands so they wisely tend to conserve their energy by resting during the day and become more active at night when it is cooler.
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2 A lion's roar can be heard from as far as 5 miles away.
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3 Lions once lived in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North America, and Northern India. Now lions primarily live in Africa, aside from a small group (about 300) Asiatic lions that live in India's Gir Forest.
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4 Lions are the national animal of Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, England, Ethiopia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Singapore.
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5 Lions can reach speeds of up to 81 kph (50 mph) but only in short bursts because of a lack of stamina.
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6 Lions in the wild live for around 12 years.
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7 The heaviest lion on record weighed an amazing 375 kg (826 lb).
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8 When lions breed with tigers the resulting hybrids are known as ligers and tigons. There are also lion and leopard hybrids known as leopons and lion and jaguar hybrids known as jaglions.
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9 Lions usually live in groups of 10 or 15 animals called prides.
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10 A female lion needs 5kg of meat a day. A male needs 7kg or more a day.
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