The African Lion in the photo is Fred, the lion that I loved. He endeared himself to me years ago by simply roaring.
That is right! I was visiting one day when he looked straight at me and let out a roar that rocked the entire Memphis zoo. I was immediately captivated by his voice and his beauty.
If ever there was a male that had a beautiful body, it was Fred. His lioness, Savannah, obviously agreed with me. Although, I have seen the loving couple "argue" on more than one occasion and there is nothing more frightening than a lion fight.
Fred died at the ripe old age of 20 in November, 2010, but he will long be remembered as a most majestic beast!
Facts about African Lions
|Photo of Fred and his lioness, Savannah|
A full grown African Lion can measure up to 8 ft. long with an additional 3 ft. of tail.
A male African Lion can weigh up to 500 lbs. and the female can weigh up to 300 lbs.
Most people are surprised to learn that the African Lion is actually nocturnal, or perhaps more accurately, crepuscular, and they will sleep most of the day.
Lions have retractable claws and a rough tongue that actually helps them skin their prey quickly.
The Lion Mane
A male African Lion is easily identifiable by his gorgeous mane. You can also tell a great deal about the lion by his mane. Only an adult male has a full mane and the healthier lion will have a darker mane. This is something female lions know instinctively. They actually prefer a male with a thick, dark mane.
The African Lions mane encircles his head and extends down his chest.
Status of the African Lion Today
It is rather sad to see her there alone.
Update: Savannah died on March 12, 2015. She, too, will be missed.
Savannah: Born ~ June 18, 1994
Died ~ March 12, 2015
The African Lion is listed as "vulnerable"on the Endangered Species List.
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It is important to teach our children about animals. The vulnerable, threatened, and endangered animals survival will depend on the generations following us and their understanding of the importance of preservation of life.