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Lions are large, muscular cats that have been well known and feared by humans since antiquity. Wild lions are only found in sub-Saharan Africa and in a small pocket of National Wildlife Reserve in India.

Unlike most other large cats, lions live and hunt in family groups called prides. A pride generally consists of 3 males, 10 – 15 females and their offspring. Female cubs will stay with the pride for life while male cubs will leave the pride when they become adults. The males that leave will seek to take over another pride by displacing its dominant male.

The dominant male lion established a vast territory for his pride to hunt in. He must constantly defend the territory from other males or prides that may want to use the area for hunting. Females are the primary hunters and work in groups to stalk and ambush animals like antelope, zebras, buffalo and even elephants or giraffes.

Lions also scavenge and often steal fresh kills from other predators such as hyenas, cheetahs or African wild dogs. There is a strict pecking order for meals, with males at the top and cubs at the bottom of the chain.

Lion appearance

On average, male lions grow to reach 6 feet 6 inches in length and weigh between 400 and 500 pounds. Females are smaller, reaching about 6 feet in length and 330 pounds in weight. Their fur is various shades of yellow, orange and brown.

Males are characterized by manes that often grow around the neck, upper back and chest, although the thickness and size of the mane vary in different prides and some male lions barely have a mane at all. It is believed that manes make male lions appear larger and more dominant, and attract female mates.

Lion conservation

Lions once roamed from the southern tip of Africa, through much of the Asian continent and even Europe. Lion populations had collapsed by the 20th century due to habitat loss and over-hunting. Farmers and ranchers in Africa are the primary killers of lions because they compete with their cattle and agricultural land. The species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.

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Big Cat Lion Cam

At nearly 500 pounds, Nikita Lioness is larger than even most male lions. She was seized in a drug raid, sent to a zoo, and then saved by Big Cat Rescue. Find her in her favorite spots, up on the platform and back in the bushes to the left of this enclosure. You can read more about Nikita here.

Big Cat Rescue, one of the world’s largest accredited sanctuaries for exotic cats, advocates for ending the abuse of captive big cats and saving wild cats from extinction. This refuge is home to over 80 lions, tigers, bobcats, cougars, and other species who have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, or retired from performing acts. Our new series of live cams brings us into their world as they live, play, and heal through rehabilitation.

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Lions are large, muscular cats that have been well known and feared by humans since antiquity. Wild lions are only found in sub-Saharan Africa and in a small pocket of National Wildlife Reserve in India.

Unlike most other large cats, lions live and hunt in family groups called prides. A pride generally consists of 3 males, 10 – 15 females and their offspring. Female cubs will stay with the pride for life while male cubs will leave the pride when they become adults. The males that leave will seek to take over another pride by displacing its dominant male.

The dominant male lion established a vast territory for his pride to hunt in. He must constantly defend the territory from other males or prides that may want to use the area for hunting. Females are the primary hunters and work in groups to stalk and ambush animals like antelope, zebras, buffalo and even elephants or giraffes.

Lions also scavenge and often steal fresh kills from other predators such as hyenas, cheetahs or African wild dogs. There is a strict pecking order for meals, with males at the top and cubs at the bottom of the chain.

Lion appearance

On average, male lions grow to reach 6 feet 6 inches in length and weigh between 400 and 500 pounds. Females are smaller, reaching about 6 feet in length and 330 pounds in weight. Their fur is various shades of yellow, orange and brown.

Males are characterized by manes that often grow around the neck, upper back and chest, although the thickness and size of the mane vary in different prides and some male lions barely have a mane at all. It is believed that manes make male lions appear larger and more dominant, and attract female mates.

Lion conservation

Lions once roamed from the southern tip of Africa, through much of the Asian continent and even Europe. Lion populations had collapsed by the 20th century due to habitat loss and over-hunting. Farmers and ranchers in Africa are the primary killers of lions because they compete with their cattle and agricultural land. The species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN.

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