Lions are one of the largest members of the cat family. Because of their unique physical features, lions are known as the "king of beasts."
One cool fact about lions is that they are the most social among all the big cats. They live together in a group called a pride, which is a family unit usually comprised of up to 15 members, including up to three males, a dozen or so females and their young. Another cool fact is that a lion's roar c
According to National Geographic, an African lion weighs anywhere from 265 to 420 pounds. Its head and body measures anywhere from 4.5 to 6.5 feet long, and the tail adds another 26.25 to 39.5 inches in length.
Lions can run up to a top speed of around 37 mph, which is 10 mph faster than the fastest human runners. Lions cannot maintain this pace for more than 300 to 600 feet because of their large size.
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 generally do not like water and avoid swimming unless it is necessary. Lions only enter water when they are hunting prey or when they must cross the water to get from one point to another.
White lions are native only to the Timbavati region of South Africa. They are not albinos; instead, their white color is due to a recessive trait from a lesser mutation in the same gene that creates albinism. White lions range in color from blond to nearly white. White lions have pigment visible in
While other species of cat (most famously, leopards) can and do have solid black fur, as of 2014, there are no confirmed reports of black lions. One popular alleged photograph of a black lion, dating from 2012, is actually a manipulated image of an animal that is actually white.
The lion is the second-largest member of the cat family, growing to a height of about 4 feet, a length of 5 to 8 feet and a weight of between 330 and 500 pounds. Female lions are generally smaller, but do most of the hunting. Male lions are easily distinguished by their manes. According to Science K
There are several different causes of lion mortality, which include human predation, starvation and diseases, such as canine distemper virus. Infanticide often contributes to a high rate of mortality among lion cubs.