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Paws and claws

Lions have amazingly strong paws. On the front paws they have five toes and 5 claws, including a so-called dewclaw. Dewclaws are essentially thumbs that grow on ...

Hunting

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 ...

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...

Roaring

Lions have a large repertoire of calls. They grunt, growl, moan, hiss and snarl - but of course the most famous call of all is their roar. It’s often called the sound of Africa!

Diet and feeding

The amount of food eaten by lions varies greatly from day to day, but averages 5 to 10kg per day. However, they can eat a lot more when food is abundant: males ... 

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...