The classification for a lion is, in its entirety, "Kingdom, Animalia; Phylum, Chordata; Class, Mammalia; Order, Carnivora; Family, Felidae; Genus, Panthera; Species, Leo," according to SeaWorld. The word "leo" means "lion" and the word "panthera" means panther or leopard cat, so other large wild cats are also members of the "panthera" genus.Know More
African Lions are carnivorous in nature and eat meat. They hunt together and share their food amongst one another. The lion is the only wild cat that is considered to be social and to live in large groups. A lion's group is called a "pride" and it is made up of anywhere from five to 30+ lions that are all related. The African Lion is, unfortunately, in a "vulnerable" protection status even though the lion is the largest carnivore in Africa and is considered to be vital to herbivore population control in the ecosystem.
African Lions spend as many as 21 hours each day resting and relaxing. They tend to only be active for a few short hours each day. Lions are also able to roar much louder than other wild jungle cats. The lion can roar so loud that it can be heard as many as five miles away. This loud roar is helpful when lions are roaming on their own and need to be called back to the pride.Learn more about Large Cats
Species of spotted wild cats include the jaguar, margay, ocelot, cheetah, leopard and serval. Additional spotted wild cats include the clouded leopard, snow leopard, fishing cat, bobcat, Geoffroy's cat, marbled cat, oncilla and rusty-spotted cat. Almost half of the 40 species of wild cat in the world are spotted.Full Answer >
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, tigers generally do not require a specific type of shelter. They are mainly found in the forests of tropical Asia, but they have historically been found in colder climate areas.Full Answer >
A male lion is simply called a lion. Female lions are referred to as lionesses, and young lions are cubs. A group of lions is called a pride.Full Answer >
Lions do not have many natural predators; humans, other lions and hyenas are sometimes known to kill lions. The lion is referred to as the king of the jungle, but hyenas will sometimes kill them when they are injured and the hyena is extremely hungry.Full Answer >