Wild lions are mostly found in sub-Saharan Africa. There is a very small Asian lion population that lives in the Gir Forest of India.
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.
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.
The only predator lions face is humans who kill lions for sustenance, medicinal uses or other reasons. Lion hunting is an important Maasai tradition for demonstrating bravery. However, lions sometimes prey on animals that can fight back and kill them, such as crocodiles and sable antelopes.
Taking photos of wild lions is possible with proper planning, equipment, knowledge of the area, weather, knowledge of lion behaviour and an experienced tour guide. A long lens is recommended, as most pictures are taken from a distance for safety reasons. With proper preparation, taking photos of lio
Wild mountain lions eat animals such as deer, coyotes, raccoons and porcupines. Mountain lions are also known as cougars and pumas.
A wild animal is a non-domestic animal living in its natural habitat. Wild animals are not the same as feral animals, which live in the wild but have domestic ancestors.
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.