A beautiful male lion at the Massai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya

A beautiful male lion at the Massai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya

Highly distinctive, the male lion is easily recognized by its mane, and its face is one of the most widely recognized animal symbols in human culture.

The lion (Panthera leo) is one of the four big cats in the genus Panthera, and a member of the family Felidae.

With some males exceeding 250 kg (550 lb) in weight, it is the second-largest living cat after the tiger.

The lion is a vulnerable species, having seen a possibly irreversible population decline of thirty to fifty percent over the past two decades in its African range.

Lion populations are untenable outside designated reserves and national parks.

Although the cause of the decline is not fully understood, habitat loss and conflicts with humans are currently the greatest causes of concern.

Lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours per day. Although lions can be active at any time, their activity generally peaks after dusk with a period of socializing, grooming, and defecating.

Intermittent bursts of activity follow through the night hours until dawn, when hunting most often takes place.

They spend an average of two hours a day walking and 50 minutes eating.

 

 

Source of text: Wikipedia

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