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Panthera leo (Linnaeus, 1758)

Lion diorama in the African Mammal Hall


 Maswa Reserve, Tanzania


 Thornton N. Snider

Background artist:

 Robert Russell Reid

Also present:

 Agama lizard (Agama agama)

Lions are social hunters, both males and females taking part in the hunt. They normally kill with a neck bite that breaks the neck or severs vital blood vessels.

Lions were formerly more widely distributed but authorities differ on whether the cave lion of Eurasia and the American lion were different species from the African lion or only different subspecies.

Biological Information

Range map for the lion


Formerly most of Africa; now mainly restricted to parks and reserves


All habitats except for extensive forests or driest deserts




Carnivorous, mainly zebra and antelope

Further information anout this animal may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for lion.