African Lion Facts

  • The African Lion lives in savannas throughout African countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Kenya.
  • Loud Roar: A lions roar can be heard for over 8km.
  • Lions can leap up to 12m.
  • Speed: Lions can run up to 60km/hr.
  • Manes: A lion’s large, healthy, mane says two key things: ‘stay away’ to other males, and ‘come here’ to females.
  • Jacobson’s Organ: Lions and other cats (including your domestic cat) have an extraordinary organ in the roof of their mouths, called the Jacobson's organ, which allows them to "taste" smells.