Species Spotlight: Lion

Close up of male lion's face

Questions and Answers

How do you determine a lion’s age?
A good gauge of a male lion’s age is the darkness of his mane. The darker the mane, the older the lion.

Are lions social?
African lions are the most social of all big cats and live together in groups or “prides.” A pride consists of about 15 lions.

What are the greatest threats to lions?
Lions face increasing threats like climate change, poaching, loss of habitat, and loss of prey.



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