According to the Pittsburgh Zoo, the average lifespan of an African lion in the wild is 15 to 18 years. This figure is raised to 25 to 30 years in captivity.
Lions are the only cats to live in groups, called prides. The male lion is signified by its mane, and it defends the territory of its pride, which may be as large as 100 square miles. Young male lions leave their original pride in an attempt to find one of their own. Lions live on grasslands, scrubs or open woodlands. Female lions are the hunters of the pride and prey upon zebras and other large animals of the grasslands.