Lions, scientifically known as Panthera Leo, are best identified by the fringe of long hair that encircles the heads of the males, and are the only felines that gather in groups called prides. The lionesses in the pride are all related, and the young cubs will typically stay with their mothers until they have matured. Then they will either leave the pride to start their own, or challenge the male that leads the group.
Lions are native to southern and sub-Saharan east Africa and small parts of India. At one time, lions roamed other parts of Asia and Europe, and they are now on the IUCN Red List because they are vulnerable to extinction.Full Answer >
A male lion will usually sleep 18 to 20 hours per day. However, after eating a big meal, it is possible for a lion to sleep a full 24 hours. Female lions usually sleep 15 to 18 hours per day.Full Answer >
Lions are one of the largest members of the cat family. Because of their unique physical features, lions are known as the "king of beasts."Full Answer >
Lions are carnivorous animals, and they eat a combination of carrion scavenged from other predators and prey that they hunt themselves. Lions typically prey upon the large hoofed mammals of the African grasslands, such as zebras, gazelles or wildebeest.Full Answer >