Scientific Name: Panthera leo
Sub-Saharan Africa and the Gir Forest in India
Zebras, impalas, wildebeests, antelope and gazelle. When prey is scarce, a lion will eat almost anything.
Ten years in the wild, longer in captivity
A lioness has cubs about every 2 years, and will have 2 to 5 cubs.
Unlike most members of the cat family, lions are social animals that live in family groups of 20 to 30 lions called a pride.
Scientific Name: Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata
In the savannas south of the Sahara in Africa
Leaves of the acacia, mimosa, and other trees
A female giraffe can reproduce as early as 4 years of age, and will give birth to 1 calf about 15 months after mating. A baby giraffe is nearly 6' tall at birth and grows another 10'!
Giraffes are born with horns that lay flat against their heads then pop up during the first week of life.
Scientific Name: Ceratotherium simum
Southern and Central Africa with long and short grass savannahs (treeless plains or grasslands characterized by scattered trees, especially in regions having seasonal rains).
As herbivores, they eat grass, succulent plants and other vegetation.
About 40 - 50 years
Females reach maturity at about six years. After mating, the females will usually have one calf after a gestation period of 15 - 18 months. The calf will stay with its mother for two to three years.
The White Rhino has survived for over 40 million years, but is now endangered because of poaching (illegal hunting) and the destruction of its natural habitat.