The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. They are the only big cats to live in groups, called prides. Prides are close family groups. They work together to defend territory and hunt.

Here are 5 undisputable facts about the lion that you really need to know.

 

1.The Lion is the second-largest living cat after the tiger, some of it males exceed 250 kg ( 550 lb ) in weight.

2. The roar of a lion can be heard from 8 kilometers (5.0 miles) away, it beats that of a tiger.

3. A lion can run for short distances at 50 mph and leap as

far as 36 feet.

4. A lion may sleep for over 18 hours a day.

5. In the wild, males seldom live longer than 10 to 14 years, but in captivity they can live up to 20 years.