African Lion (Panthera leo)
Lions are distributed through much of Africa, south of the Sahara desert. Four feet high at the shoulder, up to 8 feet in length and weighing up to 550 lbs, they are the largest of the African carnivores. Lions live in family groups called prides which are usually made up of a core of related females and their offspring. One to five adult males dominate and protect the pride. The lion’s roar is a way of communicating and may be audible up to 5 miles away. Here at Lion Country Safari, our lions are kept in their very own preserve for an obvious reason: they are, after all, excellent hunters, and many of our other animal residents are the lion’s natural prey.