BeetleCam Project 2011
One Species at a Time Podcast: Lions
Does the mane really make the lion? Certainly, luxurious locks are the feature that sets Panthera leo apart from the other large cats. But surprisingly, not all male lions have manes. And manes used to cover more of the lion than just the head. Ari Daniel Shapiro speaks with archivist Connie Rinaldo of Harvard University and curator of mammals Bruce Patterson of Chicago’s Field Museum to learn about the diversity of lions in the distant past and the challenges they face in the present.
Lion Resources from the Field Museum of Natural History
Explore Lion resources from curator of mammals Bruce Patterson of Chicago’s Field Museum.
<Weight>Males: 330 to 550 pounds; Females: 265 to 395 pounds</Weight>
<Height>3 ½ to 4 feet</Height>
<Reproduction>Female lions usually give birth to a litter of 1 to 6 every two years.</Reproduction>
<Geographic Distribution>Southern fringe of Africa’s Sahara desert to northern South Africa but not in areas of moist, tropical forest. A small population survives in NW India as well.</Geographic Distribution>
<Natural Diet>Primarily large animals, such as zebra and wildebeest</Natural Diet>
<Fast Fact>A lion's roar can be heard up to 5.0 miles (8 kilometers) away.</Fast Fact>