Fascinating Facts About Lions

The darker the mane of a lion, the older the animal is.

Lions are known as “the king of the jungle” however they do not live in jungles at all. They live only in grasslands and plains.

A lion can run for short distances at 50 miles per hour (80 kilometers per hour).

In the wild, lions usually live up to 16 years but up to 25 years in captivity.

Lions spend 16 to 20 hours of the day sleeping or resting.

A lion’s roar can be heard from as far as five miles (eight kilometers) away.

The biggest lion ever recorded weighed 827 pounds (375 kilogram). This lion was almost 10 feet (3 meters) long in length and it was witnessed in captivity at Ireland’s Dublin Zoo in 1959.

During mating season lions generally mate every 20 to 30 minutes, with up to 50 copulations per 24 hours.

The word for lion in Swahili, an African language, is “Simba” which is the same term that was used as name for the main character in “The Lion King”.

The lion population in Africa has been reduced by half since the early 1950s with fewer that 20,000 remaining in all of Africa today.

Female lions take over 90 percent of the hunting activities of lions.

The lion is the second largest cat in the world. It is slightly smaller than a tiger.

During the expansion of the railway network in Uganda, an incredible incident occurred. Two Tsavo lions repeatedly killed workers during night and slowed the construction progress. About 135 people died this way.

A male lion needs 15 pounds (seven kilogram) of meat a day whereas a female lion only needs 11 pounds (five kilogram) per day.

When it comes to extreme heat in Melbourne, the lions in the zoo are getting frozen blood.

A liger is a cross between a lion and a tiger. They are the largest cats of prey in the world and can weigh up to 990 pounds.

Due to the decline of the lion population, there are now more lion statues worldwide than real lions.

A single porcupine can fight off a pride of lions.

The lion from film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is called “Leo the Lion”.

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