Weight: 300-500 pounds
Head/Body: 96-108 inches
Tail: 24-36 inches
The lion is very large cat with a
balanced and well-proportioned body and a large head. Its coat varies from
tawny to brownish-yellow with a black-tipped tail and black patches on its
ears. The males have a heavy body-color, brown, or black mane.
may be found in all parts of Africa south of the Sahara and in the Gir
Forest of India and, until recently, in all parts of the Near East and on
the Balkan and Iberian Peninsulas of Europe, where it hunts by night or
day, from the ground, and seeks game of all types. The females do most of
the hunting. It has been known to scavenge.
The lion is unique in that it
is the only wild cat that lives in a group, called a pride, consisting of
one mature male and any number of females, cubs, and immature males.