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LION (Panthera leo)

Family: Felidae.

Gender: Panthera (5 species).

Description: Height in the cross 1 m. Weigh from 100 to 200 kg. It has a big head with ocher skin provided of black or blonde mane. Females are smaller  and  lack mane.

Habitat: Areas of arboreal savanna and desert places.

Gestation: 3 and a half months. From 2 to 3 breedings.

Longevity: 15 years (up to 24 in captivity).

Subspecies: 7.

  • Lion from Angola (Panthera leo bleyenberghi). In danger
  • Asian Lion (Panthera leo persica). In danger
  • Masai Lion(Panthera leo massaieus).
  • Senegalese Lion (Panthera leo senegalensis). In danger
  • Lion of Transvaal (Panthera leo krugery). In danger
  • Lion of Barbary (Panthera leo leo). Extinct
  • Lion from The Cape (Panthera leo malanochiata). Extinct


For their vigor and their predator habits, the lion has been considered during centuries like the king of the animals. It hunts in the evening and feeds mainly of herbivore animals. It can reach a speed of 80 km per hour.

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