Okay, here at Africa Animals we are against maintaining wild animals in enclosures for human viewing pleasure and you may be able to see lions roaming wild in some of our other African animal webcams, however they can be elusive creatures and, as such, we have agreed to host this lion webcam where hopefully you will be able to see young male lions Lwazi and Atowho who live in the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. Today there are just 21,000 lions living in Africa, half of what it was in the 1950s and a dramatic decline from 10,000 years ago when the lion was the second most populous mammal on the planet after humans, living in Africa, Greece, the middle east and even India. Part of the reason for the recent decline in numbers has been the recurring droughts in Africa killing off the lion's prey leading to malnutrition together with disease such as distemper.
Human encroachment into wildlife areas is another factor creating a loss of natural habitat as well as hunting, poaching and even poisoning by livestock keepers attempting to protect their stock from being killed by the lions whilst hunting. Lions themselves live for 10-14yrs and can run at 50 miles per hour over short distances. The live in 'prides' normally of about 15 lions headed by a male with the rest being female or cubs. Each female will give birth to 3-4 cubs at a time who will remain with their mother for a few years before going off and later establishing their own pride.
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