is a member of the cat family whose size and power has
earned it the name "king of the beasts". Male
lions grow to 10 feet long including the tail, 3 feet
high and weigh up to 500 lbs. Only the male has a black
to tawny colored mane. The lions roar is usually uttered
before the animals hunt, spending only 2-3 hours pursuing
food and the remainder loafing and dozing.
have black spots arranged in rosettes, contrasted on a
yellow background. They have single black spots on their
limbs and head. They lie up in hiding during the day and
hunt at night. They stalk and pounce on their prey pulling
off the fur before they eat. They often take "cat
naps" up in a tree.
to the horse family. They prefer to stay in herds often
mixing with wildebeest, antelope and baboons. Zebra feed
mainly on grass. Mare usually have their foal during the
rainy season. Young zebra are hunted by many predators
so they must quickly get to their feet after they are
born to keep up with the herd. Body markings are unique
to each zebra.