Lion Facts for Kids - Fun Facts About Lions
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Here kids will find fun facts about lions plus links to cute lion crafts and coloring pages, lion games and more.Everything and anything about lions is the theme for this Squidoo Lens.
Lions are known as the "king of the jungle" although they don't actually live in a jungle. They have captured the attention of many kids with popular movies like "The Lion King" and "Madagascar". These Disney movies have put lions at the front of the pack and into the hearts of many kids big and small.
So let's get "roaring" and learn lots of lion facts for kids.
Lion Facts for Kids
Do you Know......?
Here are some facts you may or may not know about lions. Test yourself, your friends, teachers and even your parents to see how much they know about this majestic feline.
Are Lions the Biggest Cat?
Answer - No
Lions are the second largest feline. The tiger is actually the biggest wild cat. Lions are large cats, just not the largest. A female lion can weigh up to 260 to 330 pounds. That's 120 to 150 kilograms. A male lion is larger than the female and can weigh up to 330 to 500 pounds (150 - 250 kg).
Do all Lions have a Mane?
Answer - No
Only the male lions have the distinguishable mane. Baby male lions, called cubs, do not start to grow their manes until they reach puberty. They start to grow their manes at about 18 months of age and continue until they are about 5 years old. At this point they will have a full grown mane.
Who hunts for the food - Males or Females
Answer - Females
The females, also called lioness, are the ones who do all the hunting. They hunt in packs and hunt large mammals like zebras, antelope, gazelles and even buffalo. Even though it is the female lions that do the hunting, the male lions will always eat first. After they eat then the females eat and then the cubs are allowed to eat.
What is another name for a male lion?
Answer - Tom
Male lions are also called tom. This is where the saying "Tomcat" comes from. Female lions are called a lioness or she-lion. Baby lions are called cubs, whelps or lionets.
Links to Lion Facts for Kids
More Fun Facts about Lions
Check out all these other fun facts to learn even more. These are some of the cute and fun lion facts I found on the web.
- National Geographic Lion Facts
Includes facts, photos, sounds and video clips. You can even send a lion e-card to a friend.
- Kids Corner Big Cats Page
Here you can learn about lions as well as tigers, pumas and other big cats.
- Born Free Organization Animal Facts
Here's another page of facts of big cats. Lions, tigers and bears (oh my!). That's right! You can learn about all kinds of wild animals and fun facts about lions with this link.
More Lion Facts for Kids
Lions live in......
African lions live in - you guessed it - Africa. They roam the grasslands and prairies and live in dens or lairs. They prefer cool climate but can adapt to higher temperatures.
The Asiatic lions live in the Gir forest in India. There are only about 200 lions left in this region and they live primarily on the wildlife preserve.
A family of lions is called a...
Pride. A lions family is usually made up of female lions. There are usually only 2 male lions in a pride. A litter of lions is usually only 2 cubs but can be more. The female lions generally stay with the pride for life but male lions may only stay a few years.
- Are active at night and prefer to hunt at this time.
- Live to be about 15 years old in the wild and longer while in captivity.
- Can run up to 50 mile per hour but only for a very short distance.
- Are born blind and do not open their eyes for a couple of weeks.
- Are an endangered species
Well that's a lot of fun facts about lions. Enough of learning, let's have some fun. Below are several links to many fun lion activities such as coloring pages, online games, crafts and more.
Lion Crafts for Kids
Links to Lion Facts
Here are some adorable lion crafts you can make. Try one or try them all for lots of crafting fun.
Zoo Animal Coloring Pages
Printable Lion Coloring Pages
Get your printer ready and find your crayons for lots of coloring fun with these links to zoo animals (including lions) coloring pages.
- Printable Lion Coloring Pages
You can print these animal pictures with your crayons or color them right online.
- More Lion Coloring Pages for Printing
You can print these pages in black and white and color them yourself or print out the color version and hang them on your wall.
- Circus Lion Coloring Sheet
Just click on the picture to print and color this offline.
More Lion Coloring Fun
Online Lion Coloring Pages
Take your coloring fun to the computer for more lion pictures online.
Fun Lion Books
Check out these kids books about lions