|Life span:||10 years in the wild; up to 20 under human care|
|Gestation:||Almost 4 months|
|Age of maturity:||3 to 4 years|
|Size:||Females are 4.6 to 5.7 ft long; males are 5.6 to 8.3 ft long|
|Tail length:||27 to 41 in|
|Weight:||Females are 270 to 400 lbs; males are 330 to 570 lbs|
|Size at birth:||3 lbs|
Come visit Aslan and Azizi in Big Cat Canyon.
- From Africa and Asia
- Live in grassy plains, savannas, open woodlands, and scrubland
- The Swahili word for lion, simba, also means “King,” “strong,” and “aggressive”
- Lions live in large social groups called “prides.” A pride can have 3 to 30 lions and is made up of lionesses (mothers, sisters and cousins), and their cubs, along with a few unrelated adult males.
- Unrelated males stay with the pride for a few months or a few years, while the older lionesses stay for life.
- Lionesses are more agile and faster than males
- Hunting at dusk and dawn, lionesses work together to hunt and also help rear the cubs
- Males patrol, mark and guard the pride’s territory
- Males guard and take care of the cubs while lionesses are hunting
- A lion’s life is filled with sleeping, napping and resting totaling up to 21 hours!
- Lions are good climbers and often rest in trees, perhaps to catch a cool breeze or to get away from flies
- Male lions are able to roar at about one-year old and females can roar a few months later