Endangered Species: Lion

A Christiansburg Elementary Project
Submitted by Samantha of Christiansburg Elementary School
Christiansburg, VA, U.S.A.


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Why Study This Topic? What Was Already Known Search for Information Description of Plant or Animal Habitat Requirements
Adaptations Reasons for Endangerment Restoration Actions What Was Learned Conclusions from Research

Why Study This Topic?

  I wanted to learn how long the lion lives and how it gets its food. I like the lion, because it's a magnificent animal. The lion is an endangered species. I also wanted to learn about the lion, because it is my second favorite animal. If the lion gets sick, and I'm an animal specialist when I grow up, maybe I could help it.

What Was Already Known

  I knew that the lion is a wild cat. I also knew that the lion is a carnivore and a mammal. I knew too that the lion lived in Africa. I also knew that it has short fur that ranges from grey-buff to reddish brown. I already knew the cat was muscular.

Search for Information

  I found some information on the Internet search. For example, one of the problems with the lion is that male lions fight each other for females. Sometimes one of them dies. People kill lions in parts of Africa. Unless someone stops this senseless killing, soon they will be extinct.   Other information I gathered came from an "L" encyclopedia. For example, I learned that during the mating season the male lion loses its hunting ability. I found other information from subscription cards I get in the mail. For example, I found out that many lion cubs die while teething.   Some of the problems I had while searching for information were trying to connect to the World Wide Web, and in the encyclopedia, it was also hard to find the page with the lions on it. On the card, I had no problem finding information.

Description of Plant or Animal

  A full grown male lion is nine to ten feet long, including its three foot tail. The male lion weighs between 400 and 500 pounds. The lion is strong and has a muscular body. The shape of the lion is similar to a tiger's body. The colors of the lion are tawny-yellow to brown and sometimes a pale-gray. The adult male develops a black or brown mane around its neck.

Habitat Requirements

  The lion is a meat eater. It prefers to eat zebras and antelopes the best. It hunts in groups for its food. The lion hunts mostly at night. The male and female work together to get their prey.

  The lion drinks about three gallons of fresh water a day. The lion has to have a lot of water, because it chases animals. If the lion does not have enough water, it will dehydrate. The lion usually shelters itself under trees or in the limbs and branches of trees to keep cool.
  The lion needs about 30 to 40 acres for space. It needs room to hunt and run.


  The lion is a predator to most animals. The lion does not have a predator, except man. The female lion can hide better than the male, because its the color of the straw-like grass.

Reasons for Endangerment

  The history of the lion goes back a long time, and as time goes by, its numbers are fewer. The reason for that is, people and other lions keep killing it. Male lions, in particular, kill the female's cubs. That is why the lion is an endangered species.


Restoration Actions

  Scientists, who take care of injured lions, release them when they are well and healthy. These people are trying to keep the lions alive, so it won't be extinct. I think it should be a law that people can't kill the lions and are imprisoned if they do kill them.

What Was Learned

  I learned that the lion could be brown, and that male lions fight each other for the female. I also learned that most of the lion cubs die while their teeth are coming in because they are not strong enough to handle the pain. I also learned that the lion lives places other than the African savannah, including Asia. .

Conclusions From Research

  This reasearch I have done has given me experience for the future and what I need to improve on to be a better researcher. The research was hard, but fun. Besides, I have gotten a lot of information on the lion.


"http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/agarman/lion.htm" Big Cats on Line
The New Standard Encyclopedia (1970). LC number. USA. Wildlife Cards, (1997). National Geographic Society.

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