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Masai Mara, Kenya

(Panthera leo)

IUCN status : Endangered

The king of the jungle also has the loudest roar which can be heard up to 8 km. They usually live in groups of 10 or 15 animals called prides. A female lion needs 5kg of meat a day whereas a male needs 7kg or more. Lions go on hunt for food mostly from dusk till dawn. Female lions do 85-90% of the pride’s hunting, while the male lions patrol the territory and protect the pride. Most lions actually live in the savannah or grasslands. Just one population of wild forest-dwelling lions remains, in Gir National Park, India. In the savannahs the prides prefer to live on isolated rocky hillocks called Kopje. Lions hunt on large animals such as zebra, wildebeest and sambar deer.

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