The lion is the king of the jungle and this is a known fact, almost everyone will agree to this fact. But have you ever wondered that the lion is actually a cat; well if you have not and now if you are shocked by this fact then you should know that this is a true fact. In the family of the genus Panthera, the lion is a member and is considered as the one of a big cat among all the 5 cats that is there in this family. The scientific name of the lion is Panthera Leo, and it belongs specifically to the family of Felidae. The most popular among all the lions is the African lions and there are some male lions whose weight has exceeded 250 kgs, and thus these lions are considered to be the second largest cat, who is still living, after the cat. If you go to the sub Saharan area of Asia and Africa then you will be fortunately unfortunate to experience the lions and even in the Gir National Park in Gujarat, India also you could see the lions.
Some additional information about the lions.
Almost 10,000 years ago there was widespread population of the lions in the whole world and they used come just after humans, if they are being compared with the land mammals. But today the lions are vulnerable species and during the 2nd half of 20th century there is almost a 20% to 30% decline in the population of the lions, especially in the African range.