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African Lion - Did you know

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Historic and present range

Lions were once widespread across most of Africa and even parts of Europe and Asia. Lions even once lived in the South of Greece- check out the red dots on the map ...

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Lion Cubs

When a lioness is close to giving birth, she will separate from the pride and find a safe and secluded denning site, often in thick vegetation or even inside a cave...

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Diet & Feeding

Lions have been known to feed on more than 40 different species, but populations within a single ecosystem will typically be reliant on two or three key species of prey. 

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Eyes & Vision

The eyes of lions are quite large - so much so that they can’t move their eyes side to side very well, and actually need to move their whole head to look in another direction!


Lion habitat

Lions can live almost anywhere, having been recorded in open grasslands, woodlands, thick bush, and thick, scrubby areas. Overall, lions have a relatively broad habitat tolerance...

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Leaving the Pride

Lion prides are composed of related females, and unrelated males. Although prides can be large in very prey-rich areas, with the typical pride numbering ...

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The sound is almost as loud as thunder and resonates up to 8km away in open plains and about 3km in wooded areas. The hearing of lions is superior to that of ...

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Ageing Lions

Unless you have been following a lion since it was born, it can be very difficult to know the exact age of a lion just by looking at it. This is why we estimate how old a lion is ...

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When attacking, lions often try to run ahead of their prey to cut off their escape route, reaching speeds as fast as 60km/h (37mph) – although they can only maintain ...

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Paws & Claws

Not many people know what a lion’s footprint looks like and that’s understandable. Most of us don’t live in close proximity to them and don’t need this knowledge to ... 

Our vision and approach

Today, over 50% of the wild lions remaining live in unprotected range lands, shared with people and livestock. To secure lions and other large carnivores in the wild, we must therefore make their conservation valuable to the people who share the landscape with them. Our vision is a future where the positive value of carnivore conservation drives better outcomes for people and wildlife.  When the value of wildlife, right up to these top predators, can be unlocked and realised, both people and nature will benefit. Communities can develop more resilient livelihoods. Landscapes become more connected. Biodiversity of all kinds will thrive. Our vision is a future where the positive value of carnivore conservation drives better outcomes for people and wildlife. 

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