The African Lion is the largest of the felines
When it fixes you with its golden eyes, exuding power and majesty, one understands why it has been regarded as the King of the Animals. It is the largest of the felines, a large male being able to weigh up to 250 kg. The lioness is smaller but livelier, capable of running very quickly, and therefore it is above all she which hunts in order to feed the family. Only the male carries a mane. He reigns over a few lionesses.
After 110 days of gestation, the lioness gives birth to a litter of 1 to 4 lion cubs, which she initially raises away from the group in order to protect them, particularly from their father! Then she gradually integrates them into the pride when they reach the age of two months.
Formerly very widespread throughout the world, even in Europe, the lion now only lives in Africa, except for a small population of the last Lions of Asia, in the National Park of Gir, in the North-West of India.
In our “Jardin des Mondes”, the couple Dany and Dana lives in the African savanna.
A “vulnerable” species
- Name: African Lion
- Latin name: Panthera leo leo
- Origin: Sub-Saharan Africa and Western India
- IUCN status: Vulnerable
- Cites: Appendix II