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World Lion Day

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Some facts about these majestic animals.

  • The lion is the second-largest member of the “big cat” family, after the tiger. The adult male African lion can weigh as much as 420 lbs. (190 kg) and the average weight of adult male Asian lions is 350 lbs. (160 kg). By comparison, adult male Siberian and Royal Bengal tigers can weigh close to 700 lbs. (320 kg).
  • Compared to other big cats, lions are relatively more sociable animals and live in groups called “prides,” each of which usually consists of related females, their offspring and a small number of males.
  • Lions are believed to have the loudest roar amongst the big cats; an adult lion at full chat can be heard up to five miles (8 km) away.
  • The female lions – the lionesses – are the pride’s primary hunters and providers. They act in groups and hunt prey as varied as antelope, zebra and wildebeest.
  • According to most research, wild lions eat between 10 and 25 lbs. (4.5 and 11 kg) of food per day.
  • On average, lions in the wild live for an average of 12 years and up to 16; those in captivity can live up to 25 years.
  • While they aren’t the fastest of the big cats, lions can run at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour (80 km per hour) for short distances. They are also nimble and can leap distances of over 35 feet (11 meters)!
  • If water is available, most lions drink daily. If it isn’t, and this is a common situation during the dry months, they can go without the precious substance for as long as five days.

 

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