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.
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.
To visit this lion webcam either click on the picture or here, but be
aware that the webcam may be dark if night time in the USA or temporarily
closed for maintenance.