Geographical Range Southern Sahara to southern Africa (except Congo rain forest belt)
Habitat Woodlands, grasslands, deserts
Scientific Name Panthera leo
Conservation Status Common

African lions live in a number of different habitats: grassy plains, open woodlands, semi-desert areas, even high mountains. They eat anything they can catch and kill, including antelope, zebra and buffalo. Lions usually hunt with members of their family group, often by herding a prey animal towards other lions hidden in the bush. It is the adult females who do most of the hunting.

African lions are not endangered but are disappearing from some areas because of human activity and the decline of their prey species.

Did You Know?

The lion is the only social cat which lives in family groups, or prides, of up to 40 animals.