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Lions live in the savannah and are the second largest cat species in the world after the tiger. The average male lion weighs around 400 pounds, while the average female weighs around 290 pounds. The heaviest lion on record weighed a shocking 826 pounds!! The lion is also the tallest of the large cats, reaching an average of 2 inches taller than the tiger. Lions usually are a sandy color, but can vary from a reddish to dark brown coat. Male lions are known for their thick manes.

Lions are commonly found in the southern and eastern parts of Africa, but one species of lion is found in Asia. Lions usually live 10-14 years in the wild, but up to 30 years in captivity. A cross be-tween a lion and tiger also exists. These hybrids are called a ligers or tigons.

Read more about lions in today’s Visit the Wildside!

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