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The lions are a very rare species. They are a highly hunted animal and are close to extinction. Up to 10 lions die every day and approximately 5 are breed.
The lion is the second largest animal in the world and weighs up to 16-180kg. it is about 300 metres in length and 90cm in height, it is surprisingly fast as it can run up to 55kph
It has a big shaggy mane around its head and its fur is a yellowish brown colour. The lion is classified as a panthero Leo (big cat).
The lion is scattered around Southern African jungles and grasslands. They usually roam grassy plains a very few lions are found in Gur forests, that are in India.
The lions catch their prey by pouncing on them. Their prey is antelopes, zebras, giraffes, warthogs, buffalos, deer, wilder beast and gazelles.
Females eat about 5kg worth of meat each day. Males eat 7kg.
Lions can sleep up to 20 hours a day, which leaves about 4 hours for lions to hunt.
They have around two babies a year and their cubs are blind when they are born. Cubs suck on milk until two months that is when they start eating meat.
Lions live in groups called prides. There are approximately 35 lions in a pride.
Lions can live up to 25 years.
Threat for the Lion
Lions have only one predator as they are strong and feisty. That predator is humans as they can use guns to kill lions easily. Lions are being hunted for their fur and meat. In the process their habitat is being destroyed. Humans are also killing lions as the think they are dangerous.
Comparison of lions in the wild and zoos
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As you can see the in the graphs there are 2500 lions left in the wild now but there were about 3500 left in the wild 20 years ago. There are 1600 lions left in zoos now but there were approximately 500 in zoos 20 years ago.
Lions are dying very quickly and there are only 2500 left in the wild. They will be extinct and we will regret it.
Article posted October 12, 2010 at 04:15 PM •
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