10 Lion Facts!
It’s time for the lowdown on these fierce felines…
Get ready to roar with our 10 cool lion facts!
1. Lions usually live in groups of 10 or 15 animals called prides.
2. An adult male’s roar can be heard up to 8km away.
3. A female lion needs 5kg of meat a day. A male needs 7kg or more a day.
4. The name for a baby lion is a cub, whelp or lionet.
5. Lions go on the hunt for food mostly from dusk till dawn. Female lions do 85-90% of the prides hunting, whilst the male lions patrol the territory and protect the pride.
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6. In the wild, lions live for an average of 12 years and up to 16 years. They live up to 25 years in captivity.
7. Often known as the ‘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.
8. Female lions reach two-thirds of their adult size by the time they are two years old.
9. Lions run at a speed of up to 81kmph.
10. Lions hunt large animals such as zebra and wildebeest.
WORDS: ELLEN MORGAN.
PICTURES: GETTY IMAGES UK