African Lions are the only cats who live in groups or prides. A pride consists of about three males, 12 females, and the cubs. Only male lions have manes, the fringe of long hair that is around their heads. All of the females in a pride of lions are related. The African Lion Statistics are below:
Interesting Lion Facts:
Top speed 50 mph, for short distances
Longest leap 36 feet
Distance over which roar can be heard 5 miles; both males and females roar.
Height 4 feet (males), females smaller
Length 5-8 feet (males), females smaller
Weight 330-500 lbs (males), females less
Lifespan 13 years, they live longer in captivity
The lion population in Africa has been cut in half since the early 1950s. Today, fewer than 21,000 remain in ALL of Africa. A wildlife sanctuary in India contains approximately 200 lions. African Lions are endangered today because of poaching.