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African Lion (kims3003.hubpages pic)

Lions are big cats found in Africa and Asia (in North West India) today. Lions used to live in North America and Europe but have died out in those continents. Lions are the second largest cat after tigers. Their scientific name is Panthera Leo(African) and Panthera Leo Persia(Asiatic). Lions are often called the "King of the Jungle" but they live on the grasslands rather than rainforests. They are unusual compared to other cats in the sense that they live in groups called prides when all other cats are usually loners for at least most of the year. In the wild, lions prey on large-sized hoofed animals such as buffalo, zebra, and wildebeest. They have a gestation period of about three months, and become mature at two years of age. Lions are not only apex predators, but they are also a keystone species, as they help to control herbivore populations, and often leave leftovers after finishing a kill, which gives more food to scavengers. African Lions are listed as a vulnerable species, while Asiatic Lions are endangered. They are threatened by poaching for their fur & bones, their habitat is under threat, and have been killed as pests for destroying livestock.

In Prehistoric ParkEdit

While lions don't actually appear in Prehistoric Park, they are mentioned a number of times.

In T-Rex Returns, the narrator states that a T. rexes' bite is ten times stronger than a modern lion's.

In Saving the Sabretooth, Nigel and Saba compare Smilodon with lions. For example, Saba says a male Smilodon is like a modern lion and will kill a female's cub. Nigel also says that female Smilodons hunt at least 90% of the time, like a lioness. When Nigel compares the cheetah's limitations with his theory on Saber-tooth extinction, the narrator says that cheetahs can't defend themselves from lions or even hyenas.