Amazing Lion killing Cape Buffalo

Amazing Lion killing Cape Buffalo

Lions among most members of the cat family are thought to be descended from a common ancestor known as the Proailurus Lemanensis, which translates to “first cat”. This ancient creature was a cat-like creature that walked the earth nearly 25 million years ago.

Fossil evidence suggests that the earliest lion-like cat appeared in Laetoli in Tanzania in East Africa during the Late Pliocene (5.0–1.8 million years ago).

Additionally, genetic studies suggest that the lion evolved in eastern and southern Africa.

Incredible Lion Facts!

The lion animal is considered one of the “African Big Five.”

The largest lion ever recorded weighed 690 pounds and was shot in South Africa in 1936. Ancient lions were even larger than today’s largest lions, and reached up to 1,153 pounds!

Between 1993-2014, the IUCN estimated the population of lions decreased by 42%. Due to poaching and habitat loss, it is estimated there may be fewer than 20,000 lions left today.

While lions are generally social animals, prides generally consist of 80% females. For this reason, only about one in eight male lions survive to adulthood. Groups of male lions sometimes band together, controlling vast swaths of territory. One famous band of male lions in South Africa’s Kruger National Park controlled over 170,000 acres and was estimated to kill more than 100 rival lions and cubs.

Lions are animals that have long been kept in zoos and in captivity. In 18th century England, the price of admission to the Tower Menagerie (the precursor to the London Zoo) was three pence for a cat or dog to be fed to the lions!



Amazing Lion killing Cape Buffalo


Amazing Lion killing Cape Buffalo

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