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Animals - African Lion

African Lion - Leo, Lilly & Malkia
Panthera leo
Range: Sub-saharan Africa
Habitat: Plains and savanna
Diet: Hoofed mammals, young of larger mammals like elephants and rhinos.  Smaller prey may include rodents, hares and birds. At the zoo they eat AAA feline diet.
Fun Facts:
  • The lion's roar can be heard up to 5 miles away.
  • Males start growing their mane at about 2 years of age. The mane is fully grown around 4-5 years of age.
  • Mane color usually darkens until the age of 9 or 10. The size of a lion mane will depend on what climate he lives in. The cooler the climate, the larger the mane will grow.
  • Males specialize in catching larger, slow moving prey while the females catch most of the small/medium prey.
  • Lions primarily hunt at night, and can sleep up to 20 hours a day.
  • Lions are so successful at hunting prey because they work as a unit, with an average of 15 lions in one pride.

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