Cats Wiki
Advertisement
Strolling panther.gif This article is a stub. You can help Cats Wiki by expanding it.
Lion
African lion king-wide.jpg
Panthera leo
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Information
Range

Gir Forest, Africa (Most exist in protected area)

Estimated
Population

Vulnerable

Scientific Classification
Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Mammalia

Order

Carnivora

Family

Felidae

Subamily

Pantherinae

Genus

Panthera

Species

P. leo

Subspecies

†P. l. atrox
P. l. leo
P. l. melanochaita
†P. l. sinhaleyus

Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
VUSpecies.png
Vulnerable

Lions once roamed wide areas of central southern Europe, India and northern Africa. They are now found only in western India, and semi desert and upland areas of Africa.

Among the largest and most powerful of the cat family, lions are the only cats that regularly hunt together and share the spoils. They live in prides, the females of which are usually related.

Usually about 12-15 animals live and hunt together in a territory that is patrolled by the dominant males. Young males, when pushed out of their family when their father loses control of it, may form a small group for mutual protection until they can established themselves in a pride.

The full-grown male, whose mane ranges in color from rich golden brown to a deep blackish-brown, marks a lion as the monarch of the plains. The legacy of the lion, king of the beasts, is shown throughout history by its appearance in the earliest drawings over 15,000 years ago.

The females do most of the hunting, co-operating to chase down prey. The male’s job is to defend the pride’s territory from other lions. His tremendous roar can be heard up to 8km (5 miles) away.

Lion was once found from northern Africa through southwest Asia, but have become extinct in most countries within the last 150 years.

Lion prides are often found in the open plains, but occupy nearly all habitats except deep desert and rain forest.

History

The Romans used to capture lions to fight gladiators in their arena.

view · talk · edit Cats Navigation
Felinology Cat AnatomyCat GeneticsCat Coat Genetics • (Bicolor CatBlack CatCalicoDeaf White CatTabby CatTortoiseshell) • Dwarf CatsKittenOdd-Eyed CatSquitten
Cat Health AnesthesiaCat Skin DisordersDeclawingDietFeline AcneFeline AsthmaFeline CalicivirusFeline Hepatic LipidosisFeline Hypertrophic CardiomyopathyFeline Immunodeficiency VirusFeline Infectious PeritonitisFeline Leukemia VirusFeline Lower Urinary Tract DiseaseFeline PanleukopeniaFeline Viral RhinotracheitisFeline VaccinationFleaHeartwormNeuteringPolydactyl CatRabiesRingwormSpayingRoundwormTickToxoplasmosis
Cat Behavior Cat Body LanguageCat FightCatnip (Nepeta Cataria)CommunicationKneading
IntelligenceCat Plays and ToysPuppy CatPurrRighting reflexSenses
Cat Supplies Cat FoodCat ToysCat TreeLitter BoxScratching Post
Human - Feline Interaction
Early Interactions Cats in Ancient EgyptCultural Depictions of CatsFarm CatFeral CatShip's Cat
Cat Registry Cat showAmerican Association of Cat EnthusiastsAmerican Cat Fanciers Association
Cat Aficionado AssociationCat Fanciers' AssociationFédération Internationale Féline
Governing Council of the Cat FancyThe International Cat Association
Canadian Cat Association
Breed Full list
Domestic AbyssinianAegean catAmerican BobtailAmerican CurlAmerican Shorthair
American WirehairArabian MauAustralian MistBalineseBambinoBritish Shorthair
BirmanBombayBurmeseCalifornia Spangled CatChartreuxColorpoint Shorthair
Cornish RexCymricCyprus catDevon RexDonskoyEgyptian MauExotic Shorthair
German RexHavana BrownHimalayanJapanese BobtailJavaneseKhao Manee
KinkalowKoratKurilian BobtailLaPermLykoiMaine CoonManxMunchkin
NebelungNeva MasqueradeNorwegian Forest CatOcicat
Oriental LonghairOriental ShorthairPersianPeterbaldPixie-bobRagdoll
RagamuffinRussian BlueScottish FoldSelkirk RexSiameseSiberian
SingapuraSokokeSnowshoeSomaliSphynxThaiTraditional Persian
TonkineseTurkish AngoraTurkish Van
Hybrid BengalChausieCheetohJungle CurlSavannahSerengeti
Wild Cats
Pantherinae Amur LeopardArabian LeopardBlack PantherClouded LeopardJaguarLeopardLionTiger
Felinae African Golden CatAfrican WildcatAndean Mountain CatAsiatic Golden CatBay Cat
Black-Footed CatBobcatCanada LynxCaracalCheetahChinese Desert CatCougar
Eurasian LynxEuropean WildcatFishing CatFlat-headed CatGeoffroy's Cat
Iberian LynxJaguarundiJungle CatLeopard CatKodkodMarbled CatMargay
OcelotOncillaPampas CatPallas CatRusty-spotted CatSand Cat
ServalSouthern TigrinaSunda Leopard Cat
CategoryPortal
Advertisement