Lions are very special animals. As part of the "Big Five", they rule over their territory and are not to be underestimated. They are the national animal of Kenya and known for their strength and speed. Many of you already know the name for "lion" in Swahili: Simba!
They live in West, East, Central and South Africa as well as in India. Kenya has around 2000 lions. For example, they can be found in Masai Mara, Amboseli National Park and Tsavo National Park.
But how big do lions actually get? And what makes them the king of nature? Let's get to know the lions together!
How old do lions get?
Lions have a lifespan of 15 to 18 years.
How fast can lions go?
Lions can reach speeds of up to 81 km/h! Besides their speed, their strength should not be underestimated, so hyenas and other animals prefer to watch them from a distance.
How big do lions get?
A male lion grows up to 1.20 metres and a female lion up to 1.10 metres. A male lion can weigh up to 190 kg and a female lion up to 130 kg.
Interesting facts about lions:
Lions can see colours, especially red and green tones.
Lionesses are pregnant for about 4 months. They have about 6 cubs at the same time. The lions sometimes leave them alone for several days to go hunting.
Male lions mark their territory. And when they are old enough, male lions have to find their own territory.
Lions are all-round fascinating animals who are respected by all wildlife. So you better watch out when you are on a safari!
Tracy lives at QK Children's Home.
She loves wildlife and interesting facts about animals.
In her future, she wants to become a tour guide.