Meet the big cats!
Lions are the second largest cats in the world after the tiger and can be found in Sub-Saharan Africa (West African Lion) and in western India (Asiatic Lion). They live in grasslands and savannahs. Males are larger than females with a weigh up to 250 kg. In addition, male lions have mane, which is perhaps the most recognizable feature of the species. Both sexes have hairy tufts at the end of their tails. They can eat up to 8 kg of meat.
Lions (Panthera leo)
The lion's mane is the most recognizable feature of the species. The mane starts growing when lions are about one year old. Mane color varies and darkens with age. Research results indicate that environmental factors, such as average temperature, influence the mane's color and size. Mane length apparently signals fighting success in male-male relationships. Darker-maned individuals may have longer reproductive lives and higher offspring survival. The main purpose of the mane is to protect the lion's neck and throat in territorial fights with rivals.