African lion

Lions are social, unlike other cat species. They live in groups called prides where females are the primary hunters and males take on defensive duties. Also known as the "King of the beasts," lions are very powerful and skilled predators.

Fast Facts

  • Lions can sleep up to 21 hours a day. 
  • Roars can be heard up to five miles away. 
  • Lions are the second largest living cat after tigers.  

Scientific name

Panthera leo
Range  Africa
Conservation status Vulnerable
Diet Carnivore
Zoo name(s) Solomon, Sarai, Sheba
Zoo location Cats

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