Wild Lions in Sub-Saharan Africa

The lion is the second-largest living cat after the tiger with some males exceeding 550 lbs. Wild lions currently exist in sub-Saharan Africa and a small population in India. The lion is a vulnerable species, having seen significant population decline in its African range during the second half of the 20th century. Conflicts with humans and habitat loss are thought to be the greatest causes. Lions are unusually social compared to other cats – a pride consists of related females and offspring and a small number of adult males. Lions live for 10–14 years in the wild, although, males seldom live longer than 10 years due to injuries sustained from fighting with rival males. They typically inhabit grassland and savannah, however, they are also found in the bush and forest. These photos were taken by Empowers Africa Trustees, Advisory Committee and guest while traveling in Africa. Empowers Africa has supported African Parks with their reintroduction into Akegera Park in Rwanda (www.african-parks.org).