African Lion

Panthera leo


At the zoo
We have two lions, named L.J. and Levanna, who are brother and sister. The two were born here in October 2012 and had to be hand raised by our staff when their mother rejected them. They have grown to be very popular with our visitors. Each year we celebrate their birthday by giving them pumpkins stuffed with meat!

Males: 5.7-8.2 ft, 330-550 lbs
Females: 4.7-5.9 ft, 264-400

Wild: 15 years
Captivity: 20 years

Lions are carnivores and prey on animals including antelope, zebra, and wildebeest. Lions are at the top of the African food chain.

African lions are found in the grasslands of Africa.


Did you know?

  • Lions live in groups called prides and the majority of members are related females and their young with only a few adult males. When a male becomes an adult, he will leave to form his own pride.
  • Females do much of the pride‚Äôs hunting. They are swifter and have better camouflage. Lionesses work together in groups to take down large prey. Their black tip ears allow them to see where the others are positioned.
  • Male lions are easily distinguished from females. Males hare larger and have bushy manes. As cubs, lions have spots called rosettes that mostly fade once they reach adulthood.