Female lions are called lionesses.
The average male lion weighs twice as much as the average lioness weighs (lionesses typically weigh 200 lb).
The average life span of a lion is 12 years (in the wild).
Lions can reach top speeds of 50 mph (81 kph). This can only be done in short bursts though - they lack the stamina to maintain this speed for very long.
A lion's roar can be heard up to 5 miles (8 kilometers) away.
Most lions live in East and South Africa. Their habitats include savannas, grasslands, woodlands, and dense bush.
Lions spend 16-20 hours a day sleeping.
Lionesses do 85-90% of all the hunting. The male lions simply stand guard and protect their territory.
A liger is the offspring of a male lion and female tiger. A tigon is the offspring of a male tiger and female lion.
Pharaonic Egyptians worshipped lions as guardians of the rising and setting of the sun, and for a while represented the sun.