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African Lion

Panthera leo


  • Africa


  • Grassland
  • Savanna
  • Dense scrub
  • Open woodland


  • Antelopes
  • Buffaloes
  • Zebras
  • Young elephants
  • Rhinos
  • Hippos
  • Wild hogs
  • Crocodiles
  • Giraffes

Unlike other cats, lions are social animals that are specially adapted for communal life in the pride:

    • Bringing Home the Bacon: Female lions are the pride’s hunters and use teamwork for a better chance of catching the ultimate fast-food! While smaller than male lions, lionesses are more agile and quick. Working together females are able to bring down prey much faster than themselves.
    • Raising Baby: Usually cubs are born around the same time in a pride. This allows the females to share care duties, including nursing other lionesses’ cubs, and provides for lots of playmates!
    • Lion’s Roar: Lions use their mighty roar for communication. Both male and female pride members keep track of one another by roaring. A lion’s roar is so powerful it can be heard up to 3 miles away.

To learn more about African Lions visit them at the Large Cat Grottos.

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