Today, I am going to take you someplace a little different. We’re going to visit a Biblical zoo in Jerusalem because I want you to meet the Asian lion.
Lions used to live all over the land of Israel. You can find them mentioned in the Bible lots of times. Do you remember the verse that talks about the, “Lion of the tribe of Judah”? (Revelation 5:5 KJV) Today, there are no lions left living in the wild.
We’ll only be able to see one male lion and one female lion at the zoo, though in the wild there would usually be a group of lions living together forming a pride. The female lions live together and sometimes even help each other raise the cubs. Male lions will work together—sometimes. They can also fight each other fiercely. A lion is an extremely powerful animal, with strong jaws and muscles, and is able to hunt animals much larger than itself. It has earned a reputation of being strong, brave, and mighty, giving it the nickname “King of the Beasts.”
To see a picture of an Asian lion, click here.
Using the information on this page, answer the following questions:
True or False:
1. All Asian lions have manes.
2. Female Asian lions are responsible for defending the pride’s territory.
3. Young lions help the pride hunt from the time they are six months old.
Research challenge: What type of habitat is the Asian lion’s favorite?
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