LATIN NAME: Panthera leo
STATUS: Vulnerable (VU)
MATURE POPULATION: 23,000 – 39,000
HEIGHT: 1.6 – 1.8m
WEIGHT: 126 – 190kg
LIFESPAN: 10 – 15 years
HABITAT: Grassland, Savanna, open woodlands
Lions are a part of the same family as cats, often referred to as big cats. Male Lions are larger than female Lions, and only Males can grow predominant manes.
Lions are symbols of strength and courage. They are an apex predator meaning that they are at the top of the food chain, with no natural predators.
Lions historic range included sub-Saharan Africa, Northern Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and India. Lion populations became extinct in Europe around 2,000 years ago and disappeared from most of Northern African and Southwest Asian countries within the last 150 years.
Currently in Africa, Lions can be found in most Sub-Saharan African countries, although it is estimated that the population of African Lions has declined by over 40% in the last three generations.