African Lion

Panthera leo

Basic Facts

Height: 4 feet (1.2m) (males).
Length: 5-8 feet (1.5-2.4m) (males).
Weight 330-500 lbs (150-227 kg) (males).
In general, female lions are smaller than males.
Lifespan: 10-14 years.
Top speed: 50 mph (81 km/hr), for short distances


Tigers are the closest relative to lions.

A lions roar can be heard up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) away, according to the National Zoo.

A male lion's mane protects it when it fights.

At short distances, lions can run 50 mph (80 kph). They can jump as far as about 36 feet (11 m).