Lion - Panthera
Lions ranged along the Cape of Africa on the southern
tip of the continent. The Cape Lion was not the only
subspecies living in South Africa, and its exact range
is unclear. Its stronghold was Cape Province and around
Capetown. The last Cape Lion seen in Cape Province
was killed in 1858, but the last of the species was
hunted down in Natal by one General Bisset in 1865.
Scientific Name: Panthera
Range: (formerly) Cape of Africa, Cape Province,
Female: 65-80 kg (325-425 pounds)
Male: 90-100kg (425-500 pounds)
Female: 2.13m - 2.74m (7'-9')
Male: 2.74m - 3.35m (9'-11')
Diet: All lions are carnivorous. Lion prey consists
mostly of pigs, deer, antelope, buffalo and other ungulates being
large and small hooved mammals.
Gestation Period: 100-110 Days (Averaging 103 Days)
Cub Maturity: 18 months - 2 Years
Cubs Per Litter: (Usually 2-6 cubs) Cubs are born blind and
weigh 2-3 pounds.
Lifespan: Lions live for approximately 15 Years
Predators: Unknown, Man
Social Structure: Solitary (except during Mating Season)
Territory Size: Southern Cape of Africa. Primarily
Cape Province, South Africa.
Lions occur naturally today in the wild only throughout
of sub-Saharan Africa.
Conservation Status: The Cape Lion has been extinct since the
Lions are currently protected under Appendix II of CITES, Endangered