African Lion Panthera leo


Lions are the only big cats that live in social groups. These groups, or prides, can have up to 30 lions. Male lions cycle in and out of different prides, but the females stay together for life.

Lions hunt for large herbivores, like gazelle or wildebeest, as a group. Female lions are the primary hunters in the group and often work together as a team to take down large prey.
Savannas, grasslands, shrublands, and forests of Africa.

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Lindelani and Thabisa are sisters who joined the Riverbanks pride in 2017. You can often see them lying together in their habitat. In 2018, Lindelani and Thabisa gave birth to a combined 5 cubs.

See our lions across from Siamang Island.