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Head and body length is 5 ft 7 in – 8 ft 2 in in males and 4 ft 7 in – 5 ft 9 in in females; shoulder height is about 4 ft in males and 3 ft 3 in in females. The tail length is 2 ft 3 in – 3 ft 3 in.


Weights for adult lions generally lie between 330-530 lb for males, and 270-400 lb for females.


Female lions typically live longer than males. Males reach their prime between five and nine years but few males survive past ten years of age. Some males have survived until 16 in the wild. Females normally live until 15 or 16 years.

Name: Lion
Scientific Name: Panthera Leo

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One of the most sought after of the Big 5, the African lion remains one of the most popular hunts. Lions are large cats with short, tawny coats, white underparts, and long tails with a black tuft at the end. Lion hunting is done either by baiting, Spot-and-stalk, or a combination of the two. Patience and persistence are essential for a successful lion hunt. The lion is the second largest feline after the tiger. With powerful legs, a strong jaw, and 3.1 in long canine teeth, the lion can bring down and kill large prey. Lion coloration varies from light buff to yellowish, reddish or dark brown.


African lions live in plains or savanna habitat with a large prey base and sufficient cover available. In these optimal habitats, lions are the second most abundant large predator, after spotted hyenas. Lions can live in forested, shrubby, mountainous, and semi-desert habitats. They are capable of living at high altitudes.

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