Lions live and roam in open country and fields where there are spreading trees, tall reeds and grass which offer nature camouflage for these skillful predators.
Usually around twenty of these animals (sometimes as many as forty) live together in groups called prides. A pride usually consists of one or more mature males plus several females and their cubs. The adult members hunt together to stalk and ambush prey and are capable of reaching speeds up to thirty-seven miles per hour, but only for short distances.
Males are identified by the dark mane of hair around their head, neck and shoulders. Females are slightly smaller and have no mane. It is for this reason that the female is usually the one to capture prey, as she is far less noticeable. It is the male's job to protect the pride.
Lions reach their prime at about five years, but can start hunting for themselves at about one year.
Did you know?
Except for humans, lions have no natural enemies.