Mammal

African Lion

Area: 
Africa, south of the Sahara Desert
Habitat: 
Savannas with thick brush
Food: 
Antelope, zebra, and other hoofed animals
Size: 
Males are 5 to 8 feet long, females are 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 feet long
Babies: 
Cubs can nurse from any female in the pride, not just their own mother.
When one lion yawns or roars, the rest of the pride often does the same!
King of the Cats

 

Lions live in groups called prides. There can be from from 3 to 30 lions in a pride. A pride contains many females and their young, and a few males. The lionesses rule the pride, working together to hunt and raise the cubs. But the adult males play an important role as well. They guard the pride and protect its territory.

 

Lions have some behaviors that are like those of your cat at home. They are very good climbers and are often seen up in trees checking the area for preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food.. Lions sleep up to 21 hours a day, and researchers have seen them sleeping in some unusual positions—including on their backs with their paws in the air!

 

Lions need large territories to hunt successfully, and habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows. loss is a problem facing lion populations. Lions are also viewed as a threat to livestockAnimals that are kept or raised for a specific purpose. For example, a flock of sheep raised for their wool would be called livestock. by ranchers. Ranchers may shoot lions or poison carcasses to keep them away from their livestockAnimals that are kept or raised for a specific purpose. For example, a flock of sheep raised for their wool would be called livestock. (lions will scavenge, making them easy targets for the poisoning method).