The Lion is the second largest of the four "big cats" after the Tiger. Lions are native mainly to sub-Saharan Africa but some Asiatic Lions still exist in the wild in India.
The range of the several African subspecies and the Asian Lions used to be much more extensive but has declined markedly in recent years through hunting and habitat loss.
The colouring of individual Lions varies more than the appearance of the subspecies.
The male Lion is larger than the female and usually has the iconic mane.
The Lions on this page are African Lions.
Lionesses (female lions) don't have a mane.
They live in groups (prides) of several females, young and one dominant male.