At the beginning of this era, lions were very common in Africa, a large part of Asia and even in Europe. At that time there were nine subspecies of lion that differed from each other in size and coat. Since then, three subspecies have died out and four are threatened with extinction.

Boxing Helmet

Only male lions have manes. They start to grow when the lion is one and a half years old. After one to four years, they are fully grown. As lions get older, their manes become darker. The long manes serve as a 'boxing helmet' and protect them against the 'knocks' they give each other when they are fighting over a group of women.


Pantera leo

  • Habitat: African Savannah
  • Food: Eats meat
  • Age: In the wild up to 12 years old, in wildlife parks up to 20 years old
  • Weight: Weighs up to 200 kg
  • Young: Has between 2 and 4 cubs, after a gestation period of around 3.5 months
    Where can I see them?: On the walking safari, car safari and bus safari

Nice to know:

Short but powerful. When he is at his strongest and if he is lucky, a male lion may become the 'leader' of a pride. But as he gets older, a younger and stronger male will come along and knock him off the throne.