- A male lion's roar can be heard up to 5 miles away
- The Term "King of the Beast" is misleading because a lion will run from many
creatures, including elephants and rhinoceros.
- The largest lion on record was almost 11 feet long and weighed nearly 700 pounds.
- A lion's average life span is 13 years but a lion named "Nero" once lived to
the ripe old age of 29 in a West German zoo.
- Lions rarely eat an entire kill. Hyenas and vultures finish the rest
- Lionesses hunt in groups. While one group of lions drive the prey to a certain
area, another group will wait to ambush tha approaching animals.
- A lioness can run as fast as 35 mph for short distances and can leap more
that 30 feet.
- A lion's eyesight is five times better than a human's, and it can hear prey
that is more then a mile away.
- Using their keen sense of smell, lions can tell if prey is nearby and even
how long ago it was in the area.
- After eating, a thirsty lion may drink for as long as 20 minutes.
- Lions were once thought to magical creatures and were worshipped as gods.
- Females will often stay with the pride their entire life, while young males
are driven out.
- Most lions drink water daily if available, but can go four or five days without
it. Lions in arid areas seem to obtain needed moisture from the stomach
contents of their prey.
- When males take over a pride, they usually kill the cubs. The females come into
estrus and the new males sire other cubs.