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African Lion


Quick Facts

Scientific name: Panthera leo
Class: Mammal
Weight: Males 330-576 pounds / Females 265-400 pounds
Life span: 8-15 years (in the wild) 20-25 years (in professional care)
Number of offspring: 1 to 4 cubs per litter
Conservation status: Vulnerable


I live in west and central africa

African lions inhabit a wide range of habitats, from open plains to savanna grasslands.

I am a carnivore

This species primarily eats large animals, such as zebras and wildebeest. The female lionesses are the primary hunters and provide food for the pride.

Lions are the most social feline

A pride is composed of related females, including adults and cubs, and one male lion. Females usually stay in their mother’s pride for life, while young males will leave to compete for their own pride.

Born with spots

When lion cubs are born, they are covered in spots! Born looking similar to a leopard, cubs slowly lose their spots as they grow.

Helping lions in the wild

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo supports Lion Guardians, an organization that trains and supports a team dedicated to lion conservation and seek to achieve the long-term coexistence of humans and lions.

I am important to my ecosystem

Lions are a top predator in their ecosystem; therefore, they play a crucial role in keeping a healthy balance of numbers among other animals, especially herbivores.



Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.