Lion Facts for Kids – Information about Lions

This educational video for kids will help your children learn about lions as well as showing some interesting lion facts for kids. We also included lion sounds, HD footage of an African lion, lions hunting, lion cubs and a lion baby.

Information about lions

Here are some questions we are answering in this educational video together with much more information about lions:

How many types of lions exist?

  • There are eight different lion species.

What is the difference between a male lion and a female lion?

  • Male lions are easy to recognize thanks to their distinctive manes.

What do lions eat?

  • Lions are carnivores and they hunt mostly antelopes, zebras and wildebeests.

Are lions endangered?

  • Yes, the number of lions decreased drastically in the past couple of decades.

Where do lions live?

  • Most lions found in the wild live in southern and eastern parts of Africa.

How long do lions live?

  • Lions live around 12 years in the wild, while they can survive 25 years in captivity.

How much does a lion weigh?

  • The average male lion weighs around 180 kg and needs 7 kg of meat a day.

How fast can a lion run?

  • Lions can run up to 81 kph (50 mph)

What is the current lion population in the wild?

  • Today, fewer than 21,000 remain in all of Africa.

What is the lion’s scientific name?

  • The scientific name of a lion is Panthera Leo.

More interesting lion facts

  • Lions are the second largest big cat species in the world behind tigers.
  • Until they reach 2 years, lions can’t roar. Once they learn how to vocalize, the roar of a lion can be heard from 8 kilometers (5.0 miles) away.
  • Lions are very social compared to other cat species, often living in prides that feature females, offspring, and a few adult males.
  • In the wild, lions rest for around 20 hours a day.
  • Female lions do 85-90% of the prides hunting, whilst the male lions patrol the territory and protect the pride.

Please have a look our African animals page for more educational videos of the animals of the African continent.

Sources:

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/lion.html
http://www.ngkids.co.uk/animals/10-lion-facts
http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/animals/mammals/african-lion
http://kidskonnect.com/animals/lion

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