Lion By: Owen Boggess

Scientific name

Panthera leo

Range

Habitat. African lions live in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa. They wander a territory of 100 square miles (259 square kilometers), according to National Geographic. This territory consists of scrub, grasslands or open woodlands.

Diet

Because lions are carnivores they eat all the meat they can find. When the lionesses hunt they look for herds so there's more of a chance for the kill. Lions mainly eat zebras, antalope, birds, lizards and the occassional elephant. It is said,like dogs, lions eat grass too for a balanced meal, but only when relaxing and hungry.

Physical description

Lions have strong, compact bodies and powerful forelegs, teeth, and jaws for pulling down and killing prey. Their coats are yellow-gold. Adult males have shaggy manes that range in color from blond to reddish-brown to black and also vary in length.

Breeding info

Lions have no particular breeding season, and often synchronize breeding, especially after a pride takeover, raising the cubs communally. Birth peaks have been observed in Kruger

Special Behavior/Unique anatomy

Of all the felines the Lion is the tallest one. They are very powerful animals with long legs and shoulders that are very strong. They have long tails with a tassel of hair at the end of them. It isn’t fully understood why their tails have a tuft at the end like that. It doesn’t seem to serve any real purpose for them. They are also the only felines that feature such a design.

Weird and interesting facts

The lion's worst enemy might come as a surprise, as the culprit is the size of a small dog: turns out the porcupine is the thorn in the big cat's side, or rather mouth, as a lion tricked into sniffing the clever porcupine's sharp quills often ends up with one or more stuck in its jaw for life.

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Credits:

Created with images by Jon Mountjoy - "Lion" • down@earth - "Lion" • Sponchia - "lion safari africa" • donheffernan - "Africa_20120218_0309" • Kdsphotos - "lion big cat big" • shankar s. - "White lions" • Jon Mountjoy - "Lion" • Leszek.Leszczynski - "Lion" • leroy_regis - "Lion" • Benoit Dupont - "Loving lion" • russimages - "lion" • gsloan - "Lion at the Austin Zoo" • NH53 - "Lions, Etosha" • Mara 1 - "LION"

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