Lion Habitat: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:04 Where Do Lions Live?
  • 1:43 Hunting in the Habitat
  • 2:23 Why Are There Fewer Lions?
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Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Lions live in different kinds of habitats. Come learn about the habitats where they live, how these different habitats provide the same things every lion needs to survive, and why it is important to protect these habitats.

Where Do Lions Live?

Imagine this: You are walking through an open, grassy plain when you hear it. That loud, echoing roar can only mean one thing. Lions are nearby and might be hungry. You decide to sneak quietly away while keeping an eye out for one of these big cats that might want to make a snack out of you!

When you picture a lion, you probably imagine it prowling through a dry, grassy plain dotted with a few trees here and there. But just like people live in different kinds of houses, lions live in different kinds of habitats, or places where they are naturally found in the wild. These habitats all provide excellent hiding places so lions can hunt without being detected. If you're looking for lions, you can find them hanging out in the following kinds of habitats in Africa and Asia:

Hot savannas made of grassy plains and a few trees

This habitat blends together with open woodlands. Depending on how much rain it gets and how high up it is, the grass may be short or almost 10 feet tall. It has a long, cool, dry season and a shorter, hot, moist season.

Open woodlands where the trees aren't too close together

The trees in this habitat are deciduous, or the kind that lose their leaves, because there isn't enough rain for evergreen trees to grow. This kind of habitat makes up about a fourth of the continent of Africa.

Scrubland where the ground is covered in thick brush and bushes

This habitat has very hot, dry summers so a lot of the plants are inactive or die back during this season. But it's wet and cooler during the winter, which is when most of the tough, thorny brush and bushes grow.

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