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African Lion

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