African Lion (Top)
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African lions belong to the family Felidae, which contains
18 genera and 36 species. The genus Panthera
includes other big cats such as the leopards, jaguars and tigers.
African lions roam a territory in central and southern Africa, including Senegal
east to Somailia, East Africa,
and Angola. They are also found in Namibia and from the Kalahari to Mozambique
and Natal. Some lions
are nomadic and will cover an area of up to 1500 square miles.
Lions live mostly in the savanna and open woodlands. Male lions typically weigh
from 330 to 550 pounds,
but the females are about
pounds lighter. Lions typically live for 12-16 years in the wilds, but may
live to 20 years old in zoos.