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The male lion is a big cat, with its distinctive mane, that lives from 10-14 years in the wild and, at times, to over 20 years in captivity. The male lion watches the offspring while the lioness does most of the hunting in a pride, or family, of lions. Lions are primarily nocturnal hunters.
Lions range throughout much of Africa, with the exception of in the Sahara, and into parts of southeastern Europe, as well as in some of the Middle East, to include as far east as India. However, predominant populations of lions today are found mostly in wildlife reserves and national parks.
This lion was part of a pride at the Rhino & Lion Park outside Johannesburg.