African lion

Panthera Leo

IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Mammals
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae

We are home to African lions Boss, Semira and Amahle! The sibling group were born back in August 2012 at Longleat Safari Park. Amahle joined Newquay Zoo back in 2014 with Boss and Semira joining shortly after.

African lions are native to the sub-Saharan region of Africa, living in grasslands, scrub and open woodlands. Unlike other cat species, they are very sociable animals, living in groups or prides of around 30 lions. Groups usually consist of around 3 male lions, 12 lionesses and their young.

They are top predators with a carnivorous diet, preying on antelopes, buffaloes, zebras, rhinos hippos to name a few!

Interesting facts!

  • During the day lions are not very active at all! They sleep for up to 20 hours per day and usually will hunt for their food at night.
  • Male and female lions have very different roles in the pride. Female lions are the primary hunters of the group as they are more agile and will work as a team bring their prey down. Whereas male lions will guide their territory and protect the pride.
  • On average male lions can weight up to 30 stone and lionesses up to 20 stone!
  • Lions have a very powerful roar which can be heard up to 8km (5 miles) away.


African lions are classified as Vulnerable due to habitat loss and illegal poaching for medicinal powers, as hunting trophies or by ranchers protecting their livestock.

Newquay Zoo is home to a sibling group, who are brilliant ambassadors for this big cat species.