Amongst all other animals lions have been symbolized for courage and ferociousness and respected by man. They are on many souvenirs and awards regarded as being of higher intellect and stature.
They are known for bravery, grandeur, nobility, loyalty and battle skills.
They symbolize a combination of beauty and power.
THE SPECIE IN AFRICA:
Scientifically classified as Panthera leo.
All lions residing in Africa are the same specie as denoted from their DNA testing and are different from those in Asia.
STATUS ON EARTH:
The lion was long ago present from Africa to southwest Asia. 2000 years ago the specie abandoned Europe and in India is now found in the GIR forest only
Today most of lions in Africa are in the eastern and southern parts of it. Most are protected by state as there number roughly is only about a 100,000 in wild.
They live in packs and are usually residing in open plains but can be found in other places.
They are cat specie and can climb trees when required. They are found near water holes in the daytime usually resting.
Males are around 250 cm in length with average weight of 160 kg and females up to 192 cm with maximum weight being 68 kg. the length excludes the tail. The tail alone can be from 60 to 100 cm.
They are large animals with short neck, round ears and a broad pace. The male lions have manes colored from grey to red. They have sharp claws for hunting and are carnivores.
Lions can eat from small to large animals and can hunt in packs. Females hunt most unless the prey is larger.
There cubs are born blind and require nurturing till male lions can reproduce after 30 months and females have the ability to reproduce at 24 months.
CONSERVATION OF THE SPECIE:
They are a threat to other animals
The average life span is about 30 years.
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