Head and body length: 170 - 250 cm, Tail: 70 - 105 cm
120 - 250 kg
Estimated at 32,000
Grassy plains, savannahs, open woodlands and scrub country
All hail the king. A magnificent hunter, the African lion is capable of leaping up to 12 meters and running as fast as 60 kilometers per hour when closing with prey. Often hunting in groups, these huge felines generally strike at night but also active during the day. Pride consist of related females and their young, along with a male or coalition of males. The larger the pride, the higher quality hunting grounds it can command. But the depletion of prey, and retaliation for livestock depredation all threaten to end their royal reign.