Lion: Habits, Diet and Other Facts
The lion is a large, vertebrate, carnivorous feline mammal animal. Its scientific name is Panthera leo.
Known as the King of the Jungle, the lion can be found in Asia, Africa, and Europe.
It is currently classified as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).
Among the main threats to lion conservation are indiscriminate hunting and habitat reduction.
The biological classification of the lion is:
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Mammalia
- Order: Carnivora
- Family: Felidae
- Sort: Panthera
- Species: P. leo
Habitat and way of life
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Curiosities about Lions
- Lions can eat up to 30 kg of meat in one of their meals throughout the day.
- Lionesses can run up to 80 km/h (50 mph) when they cover short distances. Males, on the other hand, are slower, reaching 58 km/h.
- The lion is the second largest cat in the world, behind the tiger.
- Lions can live up to 20 years.
- The white lion (Panthera leo krugeri) is leucistic, a different condition from albinism. In this case, the white color is determined by a recessive inhibitor gene. In addition, they are not more sensitive to the sun.