As of 2014, there are less than 21,000 African lions in the wild. The lion population has been reduced by 50 percent since the 1950s.Continue Reading
Lions used to live throughout most of Africa. Now they are only found in the southern part of the Sahara desert and areas of eastern and southern Africa.
Lions live in large groups, called prides. Prides include up to three male lions, a dozen or so female lions, and their offspring. They are the only member of the cat family to live in groups.
Lions were also once found in Greece, the Middle East and northern India. The African lion's protection status is classified as Vulnerable.Learn more about Large Cats
The African Wildlife Federation lists lion habitats, and both the AWF and Defenders of Wildlife provide information on threats to lions from such factors as changes in habitat. The National Geographic Society website has educational material on the African Savanna, which is an important habitat for lions today.Full Answer >
Lions can eat hyenas, and hyenas can eat lions, although it is more common for them to kill each other's young. Both are apex predators that live in the same areas, hunt and compete for the same food and even scavenge the same remains.Full Answer >
When hunting, both lions and tigers tend to kill their prey by grasping it around the throat until it dies of strangulation, and both species give birth to about two to four cubs per litter. Lions and tigers belong to the same genus, Panthera, and the same family, Felidae.Full Answer >
Cheetahs are better natural hunters than lions because of their speed and dexterity, which give them a 50 percent success rate when hunting, as opposed to the 20 percent success rate of the slower lion. Lions will frequently use their size and power to steal prey from smaller predators like cheetahs, leopards, hyenas and African wild dogs.Full Answer >