10 Interesting Facts About Lions You Didn’t Know

Lions are members of the Felidae family and one of the big cats in the genus Panthera. The generally used term ‘African lion’ refers to various subspecies of lions found in Africa. With some male lions exceeding 550 lb (250 kg) in weight, lions are the second largest cat after the tiger. At present, wild lions exist in Asia and in sub-Saharan Africa while other kinds of lions have vanished from Southwest Asia and North Africa in historic times. This list contains 10 interesting facts about lions you didn’t know.


Adult lions require between 10 and 15 pounds of meat each day.

Life Span

Lions in captivity live twice as long as lions in the wild (15 years in the wild; 25 to 30 years in captivity).