King of Cats: Lion Facts

Photograph by Beverly Joubert

Lions usually live in groups of 10 or 15 animals called prides.

 

Photograph by Beverly Joubert

An adult male’s roar can be heard up to nearly 5 miles away.

 

Photograph by Michael Nichols

A female lion needs 11 pounds of meat a day. A male needs 15.4 pounds or more a day.

 

 

Photograph by Beverly Joubert

The name for a baby lion is a cub, whelp or lionet.

 

Photograph by Beverly Joubert

Lions go on the hunt for food mostly from dusk till dawn. Female lions do 85-90 percent of the prides hunting, while the male lions patrol the territory and protect the pride.

 

Photograph by Michael Nichols

In the wild, lions live for an average of 12 years and up to 16 years. They live up to 25 years in captivity.

 

Photograph by Michael Nichols

Often known as “king of the jungle”, most lions actually live in the savannah or grasslands. Just one population of wild forest-dwelling lions remains, in Gir Forest National Park, India.

 

Photograph by Michael Nichols

Female lions reach two-thirds of their adult size by the time they are two years old.

 

Photograph by Beverly Joubert

Lions run at a speed of up to 50 mph.

 

Photograph by Beverly Joubert

Lions hunt large animals such as zebra and wildebeest.

 

Source: National Geographic Kids

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Rolf recently joined National Geographic Society's Digital department, as Photo Editor/Digital. His career has been mostly in commercial photo art directing and re-focusing his work into conservation is fulfillment of a longtime goal.