The King of the Jungle, the African Lion, or Panthera Leo, is a carnivorous animal which is part of the Cat Family. They stand about 1.2m high and are
150 to 230 Kgs. They tend to live in savannas, grasslands, dense bush and woodlands.
Lions are the only cats that live in groups, which are called prides. Prides are family units that may include up to three males, a dozen or so females, and their young. All of a pride’s lionesses are related, and female cubs typically stay with the group as they age. Young males eventually leave and establish their own prides by taking over a group headed by another male….
Only male lions have manes. Males defend the pride’s territory, which may include some 259 square kilometers of land. These intimidating animals mark the area with urine, roar menacingly to warn intruders, and chase off animals that encroach on their territory.
Female lions are the primary hunters. They often work together to prey upon antelopes, zebras, wildebeest, and other large animals of the open grasslands. Although most of the animals are faster than the lions, the working together helps catch the prey.
All these pictures were taken at Lalibela Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.