Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Lion


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Panthera leo
PROFILE:

With a muscular body, acute senses, highly evolved teeth and claws, and excellent camouflage coloration, lions are excellent hunters. Young lions often “play-fight” to develop skills for the hunt. This behavior also will help determine who will chase and direct play and who will carry out the ambush and kill. You can visit our our lions at the Giants of the Savanna exhibit.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Carnivore, Feline (cats)
NATIVE TO:
Africa and southern Asia
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Vulnerable
DIET:
Carnivore
LIFESPAN:
zoos - 15-20 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Lions are social animals and often live in groups called prides.
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