Where Do Lions Live?

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Most lions live in sub-Saharan Africa. The biggest exception to this, other than lions found in zoos, is a population of lions that call India's Gir Forest home.

Lions live in prides, which is essentially a big group of roughly 12 females, two to three males and their offspring. Most of the lionesses found in a particular pride are related. Young lionesses typically stay with their pride as they grow older, while male lions leave and create their own prides. They take over another pride by overpowering its dominant male. Notably, the females in a pride are responsible for hunting for the pride's food.