The lion is the dominant animal in the natural environment in Africa. Additionally, the strong character, hierarchical group structure and strong physical characteristics give this animal the common name of "King of the Jungle". The lion`s roar can be heard from 8 kilometers distance. The roar warns intruders within the lion`s territory and also serves to call to members of the lion`s pride (family/clan group).
The male lion can reach a weight of 250 pounds. The main feature that physically differentiates male and female lions is the mane at the head and neck. The lion in its natural conditions of African grassland savannahs can live from 10 to 14 years and in supportive captivity, more than 20 years. The male lion in Zoo Bitola is 26 years old, the female 14.
The lions are the most social animals in the family cats.