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Top 10 Facts About Lion
16-03-2014, 09:06 AM
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Top 10 Facts About Lion

Lion, the king of jungle, is one of the most endangered wild animals. The population of these vulnerable animals has dramatically decreased in the past few decades with no solid reason as to why. The lion has forever been a symbol of strength, power and ferocity. Lions are carnivorous mammals that come from the family Felidae. They are geographically distributed in mostly sub-Saharan east and southern Africa, but can also be found in many zoos internationally and in India and some parts of Asia.

Following are 10 most interesting facts about lion -
  1. A lion may sleep up to 20 hours a day
  2. Lion's heels don't touch the ground when it walks
  3. Lion's age is gauged from darkness of its mane. Darker the mane, the older it is. The oldest lion on record is 29 years old
  4. This animal though called "King of Jungles" actually habitates in grasslands and plains, but called so probably because most of them in the world found in Africa which is associated with jungle
  5. A lion can run only for short distances at top speed of about 50 miles per hour and a leap may be as far as 36 feet
  6. A lion's roar can be heard from as far as 5 miles away
  7. African lions are the most social of all big cats and live together in groups called "prides". A pride cosists of about 15 lions. When males join a pride they usually kill other cubs
  8. Male lions defend the pride's territory while females do the hunting. Despite this males eat first. Lions rarely eat an entire prey, leaving the rest for other animals such as vultures
  9. The gestation period is about 110 days
  10. These majestic cats are threatened by habitat loss. The lion is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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