Scientific Name: Panthera leo
Habitat: Formerly all of Africa into the near and Middle East as far as India. Today, a few hundred Asiatic lions survive, while the range of the African lion is reduced to the plains and savannahs of central Africa.
Food: Lions are strictly meat eaters. They hunt and scavenge large hoofed animals such as zebra and wildebeest.
Height: Males--up to 48 inches at the shoulder
Females--up to 43 inches at the shoulder
Weight: Males--up to 400 pounds
Females--up to 275 pounds
Length: Up to 98 inches, plus a tail length up to 41 inches