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A MATURE LION HAS AN AVERAGE:

SHOULDER HEIGHT: OF 48 INCHES

WEIGHTS: 600 (males) 350-400 (females) POUNDS

SCI MINIMUM SCORE OF 23 (skull length and width)

INTERESTING HUNTING NOTES: A lion is a highly esteemed trophy and taking a good one is a major achievement for both the hunter and safari staff. Lions can be extremely dangerous when provoked or wounded. One must always consider the possibility of more Lions getting involved. The trophy quality is determined by the age, mane, size of the head and the overall size of the body. Both males and females make for great trophies, but a big maned male is regarded as the #1 trophy for many a hunter traveling to Africa.

IDENTIFICATION: The king of beasts really needs no introduction, but for the sake of theory... The largest cat in Africa. Young animals have dark rosettes and spots fading away as the animal matures. The male usually has a darker mane on its head, neck and shoulders. The coat is a short smooth tawny beige color, with a long tail and a black tuft of hair on the tip.

HUNTED IN: Kalahari Region of the North West province.

HABITAT: Widespread in savannah, grasslands and semi desert areas. Availability of especially medium-sized to large game is an important requirement. Independent of water.

HABITS: The only cats that form prides; each with an average of 12 members. Single nomadic lions are also seen. Mainly nocturnal, but are also active during the day especially at sunrise and sunset. Prides consist of one or more males (one of them dominant), a dominant female, other females and young lions.

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