What is a Lion?

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Lion (Panthera leo) is a large cat, carnivore and an apex predator in the family Felidae.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: leo

Lions are at the top of the food chain, with no natural predators. Male lions are much larger than females. Lions have muscular, deep-chested bodies, short, rounded heads, round ears, and hairy tufts at the end of their tails. Male lions have a mane of hair around their neck.

The length and weight of a female lion is usually between 4.6 - 5.7 feet and 270 - 400 pounds, while the length and weight of a male lion is 5.6 - 8.3 feet and 330 - 570 pounds.

Lions live in open woodlands, thick grassland, and brush habitats. Lions can be found throughout African grasslands and live in groups called prides.

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