Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary


The lion is the second largest cat, after the tiger. Male lions have a mane and weigh between 330 and 500 pounds. They live 10 to 14 years in the wild and more than 20 years in captivity. Lions are predatory carnivores, and most live in groups called prides. Prides consist of females, their cubs and 1 to 9 males. The females, or lionesses, do the hunting for the pride, while the males patrol and protect the pride. Lions today are only found in Africa and in India. They are less likely to attack humans than tigers are.

 


 

To learn more information about lions in general or any of the lions pictured on this page, please contact us to arrange an educational tour. Visit us and hear the lions roar.


Lions usually hunt at night or dawn. Their prey consists mainly of large mammals, such as antelopes, gazelles, warthogs, wildebeest, buffalos and zebras. They can reach speeds up to 37 mph, but have short endurance. Therefore, they sneak up on their prey before attacking. They also hunt in groups and surround their prey to increase their chances of being successful. Females normally do all of the hunting. Female lions require 11 pounds of meat per day and males require 15 pounds.

 


 

Lions are found in a variety of different habitats from deciduous forests to savannas, grassy plains, open woodlands and scrub country. They are not found in tropical rain forests or deserts without any water. Lions spend a lot of their time resting and are typically inactive for around 20 hours per day. When resting, lions enjoy each otherís company, but when its time to eat, they tend to fight and squabble. Adult males usually eat first, followed by the females and the cubs. Both males and females will defend the pride against intruders.