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100 Pictures of Lions - Sleeping, Hunting, Roaring, with Cubs, and More!

Updated on July 31, 2015
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Pictures of Lions

Weighing up to 250 kilograms (550 lbs) and standing up to 175 centimeters (5’9”) tall at the shoulders, the lion is the second largest cat after the tiger. Wild lions live in sub-Saharan Africa and a wildlife sanctuary in India. The furry mane of the adult male is the lion’s most distinctive trait. Similar to a peacock’s tail, the size and color of a lion’s mane serves as a signal to other lions about the male’s fitness and fighting ability. Female lions, or lionesses, do not have manes and are somewhat smaller in weight and height than the males. Lions live in groups called prides, which are centered around a group of related lionesses who do most of the hunting for the pride. A tribe usually consists of about five or six lionesses, their cubs, and one or two males. Some lions do not live as part of prides; these lions are nomads and live alone or in pairs.

A lion resting at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Australia
A lion resting at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Australia | Source
Two male lions at the Zürich Zoo
Two male lions at the Zürich Zoo | Source
Lion at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Lion at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania | Source
Lion in Serengeti region in Africa
Lion in Serengeti region in Africa | Source
A lioness and her cub in the Serengeti
A lioness and her cub in the Serengeti | Source
Portrait of three lions (one female and two males), all resting at morning time. Taken in Masai Mara, southwest Kenya.
Portrait of three lions (one female and two males), all resting at morning time. Taken in Masai Mara, southwest Kenya. | Source
Male and female lion at Krugersdorp Game Reserve in South Africa
Male and female lion at Krugersdorp Game Reserve in South Africa | Source
Standing lion
Standing lion | Source
Lion resting at the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida
Lion resting at the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida | Source
Closeup of a lion in Kenya
Closeup of a lion in Kenya | Source
Two female lions and cub at San Diego Wild Animal Park
Two female lions and cub at San Diego Wild Animal Park | Source
Lioness and cubs at San Diego Wild Animal Park
Lioness and cubs at San Diego Wild Animal Park | Source
A pride of lions in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya
A pride of lions in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya | Source
Lion closeup
Lion closeup | Source
Lions at the Louisville Zoo in Missouri
Lions at the Louisville Zoo in Missouri | Source
Two lions in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Two lions in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania | Source
Male and female lion
Male and female lion | Source
Lioness and cubs getting a drink in Chobe National Park, Botswana
Lioness and cubs getting a drink in Chobe National Park, Botswana | Source
Lioness at Etosha National Park in Nimibia
Lioness at Etosha National Park in Nimibia | Source
Lioness at Okonjima Lodge, Namibia
Lioness at Okonjima Lodge, Namibia | Source
Male lions at Kavita Lion Lodge, Namibia
Male lions at Kavita Lion Lodge, Namibia | Source
Lioness at Etosha National Park, Namibia
Lioness at Etosha National Park, Namibia | Source
Young male lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Young male lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania | Source
A pride of lions at Masai Mara National Park in Kenya
A pride of lions at Masai Mara National Park in Kenya | Source
Male and female lions grooming each other
Male and female lions grooming each other | Source

Pictures of Lions Sleeping

Lions sleep more than any other animal in Africa—about 14 hours a day on average, but sometimes up to 20 hours or more! Why do lions spend so much time sleeping? The answer has to do with their physiology and the way they hunt. Lions have a huge amount of muscle to help them accelerate quickly and take down large prey. Having so much muscle generates a lot of metabolic heat, and sleeping helps lions stay cool. Also, the life of a hunter is unpredictable; a lion might eat just once every few days. Lions have large stomachs, and resting a lot makes their infrequent meals last longer.

Lion sleeping at Exotic Animals Park, Dvorec u Borovan, Czech Republic
Lion sleeping at Exotic Animals Park, Dvorec u Borovan, Czech Republic | Source
Lion sleeping at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Lion sleeping at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania | Source
Lion and lioness sleeping at the London Zoo
Lion and lioness sleeping at the London Zoo | Source
A lion and a lioness sleeping in the Serengeti
A lion and a lioness sleeping in the Serengeti | Source
Lion sleeping at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Australia
Lion sleeping at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Australia | Source
Lion sleeping at the San Diego Zoo
Lion sleeping at the San Diego Zoo | Source
Lion sleeping at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle
Lion sleeping at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle | Source
Lion sleeping at the Servion Zoo in Switzerland
Lion sleeping at the Servion Zoo in Switzerland | Source
White lion sleeping at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio
White lion sleeping at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio | Source
Lioness in Zambia
Lioness in Zambia | Source
Lion sleeping at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin
Lion sleeping at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin | Source
Lion napping at the Zurich Zoo
Lion napping at the Zurich Zoo | Source
Lion in Kenya
Lion in Kenya | Source
Lion resting at the St. Louis Zoo
Lion resting at the St. Louis Zoo | Source
Lioness sleeping at the Chilean National Zoo
Lioness sleeping at the Chilean National Zoo | Source
Lion sleeping at Bali Safari & Marine Park
Lion sleeping at Bali Safari & Marine Park | Source
Lion and lioness napping at the Houston Zoo
Lion and lioness napping at the Houston Zoo | Source
Lioness sleeping at Whipsnade Zoo in England
Lioness sleeping at Whipsnade Zoo in England | Source
Lion sleeping on his back
Lion sleeping on his back | Source
Lion sleeping and covering eyes
Lion sleeping and covering eyes | Source

Pictures of Lion Cubs

The female lion gives birth to a litter of 1-4 cubs in a secluded den, such as a cave or thicket. Cubs are born helpless—they don’t open their eyes until a week after birth, and they don’t walk until they are three weeks old. Cubs are born with brown spots on their bodies that fade as they reach adulthood. To avoid predators, a lioness moves her cubs to a new den every week or two until they are 6-8 weeks old, when she finally rejoins the pride with her cubs. Young cubs face many threats: starvation when older cubs dominate the food supply, attacks by outside males who try to take over a pride, and predators such as leopards, hyenas, jackals, snakes, and eagles. Because of these dangers, about 80% of lion cubs die before the age of two in the wild.

Lion cub at the San Diego Wild Animal Park
Lion cub at the San Diego Wild Animal Park | Source
A white lion cub at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa
A white lion cub at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa | Source
Lion cub at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
Lion cub at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. | Source
A white lioness and her cubs at the Global White Lion Protection Trust game reserve in Timbavati
A white lioness and her cubs at the Global White Lion Protection Trust game reserve in Timbavati | Source
Lion cubs playing at the San Diego Wild Animal Park
Lion cubs playing at the San Diego Wild Animal Park | Source
Another photo of lion cubs playing at the San Diego Wild Animal Park
Another photo of lion cubs playing at the San Diego Wild Animal Park | Source
Lion cub sleeping at the San Diego Wild Animal Park
Lion cub sleeping at the San Diego Wild Animal Park | Source
A lion cub at the Honolulu Zoo
A lion cub at the Honolulu Zoo | Source
A white lion cub at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa
A white lion cub at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa | Source
Two lion cubs sleeping
Two lion cubs sleeping | Source
Lion cub standing on a dirt road in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Lion cub standing on a dirt road in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania | Source
Three lion cubs in Kenya
Three lion cubs in Kenya | Source
Lion cub in Serengeti region in Tanzania
Lion cub in Serengeti region in Tanzania | Source
Lion cub at the Zürich Zoo
Lion cub at the Zürich Zoo | Source
Closeup of a lion cub at the Zürich Zoo
Closeup of a lion cub at the Zürich Zoo | Source
A lion cub in Tanzania
A lion cub in Tanzania | Source
A lioness licks one of her newborn cubs at the Aalborg Zoo in Denmark
A lioness licks one of her newborn cubs at the Aalborg Zoo in Denmark | Source
Brother and sister cubs at the Zürich Zoo
Brother and sister cubs at the Zürich Zoo | Source
Three lion cubs playing at the Zürich Zoo
Three lion cubs playing at the Zürich Zoo | Source
Cubs playing in the snow at the Zürich Zoo
Cubs playing in the snow at the Zürich Zoo | Source
Lion cubs at the Hamburg Zoo in Germany
Lion cubs at the Hamburg Zoo in Germany | Source
Lion cub licking his foot
Lion cub licking his foot | Source
Lion cub and older brother at the Zürich Zoo
Lion cub and older brother at the Zürich Zoo | Source
Lion cubs in Zimbabwe
Lion cubs in Zimbabwe | Source
Six and a half month old lion cub at the Zürich Zoo
Six and a half month old lion cub at the Zürich Zoo | Source

Pictures of White Lions

Rather than a distinct subspecies, the white lion is actually a type of lion with a rare genetic condition called leucism. White lions range from blonde to near-white in color, which is caused by a recessive mutation in a gene responsible for fur and skin pigment. Though some do exist in the wild, white lions are most commonly found in captivity, where breeders select for the trait.

White lion at the Bratislava Zoo in Slovakia
White lion at the Bratislava Zoo in Slovakia | Source
White lioness at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio
White lioness at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio | Source
A white lioness
A white lioness | Source
A white lioness at the West Midlands Safari Park in England
A white lioness at the West Midlands Safari Park in England | Source
A white lion resting at the Cincinnati Zoo
A white lion resting at the Cincinnati Zoo | Source
A white lion
A white lion | Source
A pair of white lions at the Cincinnati Zoo
A pair of white lions at the Cincinnati Zoo | Source
A white lion and lioness at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, England
A white lion and lioness at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, England | Source
A white lion at the Wildlife Ranch in South Africa
A white lion at the Wildlife Ranch in South Africa | Source
A white lion relaxing at the Paradise Wildlife Park in England
A white lion relaxing at the Paradise Wildlife Park in England | Source
A white lion at the Bratislava Zoo in Slovakia
A white lion at the Bratislava Zoo in Slovakia | Source
A white lion resting at the Parc des Felins in France
A white lion resting at the Parc des Felins in France | Source
Closeup of a white lion
Closeup of a white lion | Source

Pictures of Lions Hunting

The lioness typically hunts for the pride while the males stay behind to watch the cubs. Males sometimes assist with unusually large or difficult prey. Because lions can only run short distances before overheating, lions generally work together to stalk and surround their prey from different points. Their preferred prey is wildebeest and zebra, though they are also known to hunt a variety of other animals such as giraffe and buffalo, depending on the region.

Lions hunting in Kenya
Lions hunting in Kenya | Source
Three young lions hunt a buffalo in Tanzania
Three young lions hunt a buffalo in Tanzania | Source
Eight lions stalking a herd of about 100 water buffalo in Okavango Delta, Botswana
Eight lions stalking a herd of about 100 water buffalo in Okavango Delta, Botswana | Source
Lions hunting in Africa
Lions hunting in Africa | Source
Lioness hunting worthogs in the western corridor of the Serengeti
Lioness hunting worthogs in the western corridor of the Serengeti | Source
Lionesses hunting in the Ngorongoro
Lionesses hunting in the Ngorongoro | Source

Pictures of Lions Roaring

Lions are highly territorial animals, and lion prides have been known to inhabit the same area for generations. Lions roar as a way to announce their presence, and their roars can be heard from as far away as 8 kilometers (5 miles).

A lion roaring at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
A lion roaring at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. | Source
Lion roaring at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston
Lion roaring at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston | Source
Closeup of a lion roaring at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston
Closeup of a lion roaring at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston | Source
Closeup of a lioness roaring at the Oklahoma City Zoo
Closeup of a lioness roaring at the Oklahoma City Zoo | Source
Lioness roaring at the San Diego Zoo
Lioness roaring at the San Diego Zoo | Source
Lion cub roaring in Tanzania
Lion cub roaring in Tanzania | Source
Pair of lions in West Midlands Safari Park
Pair of lions in West Midlands Safari Park | Source
Lion roaring at the Fort Worth Zoo
Lion roaring at the Fort Worth Zoo | Source
Closeup of a lion roaring at the Houston Zoo
Closeup of a lion roaring at the Houston Zoo | Source
Lioness in South Africa
Lioness in South Africa | Source
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      Dil Vil 3 years ago from India

      Great pics, nice to go through this good hub...

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      Zaton-Taran 2 days ago from California

      Beautiful lion images! If you want to learn more about the Serengeti and Masai Mara prides, come check out my hub - thanks in advance! http://pinstor.us/articles/african-lion-facts-the-...

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