Lions have always been considered a symbol of greatness, strength and ferocity. Their life expectancy is within 17 years for females and 15 years for males. The long-lived record holder was registered in Sri Lanka at the age of 26. Read more interesting facts about lions in this article. 1. The roar of a lion is heard at a distance of up to 8 kilometers. 2. The lion is capable of speeds up to 80 mph over short distances and can jump up to 36 feet. 3. Male lions defend the territory of the pack, while females do most of the hunting. Despite this fact, males are the first to consume prey. 4. A good indicator of the age of a male lion is the darkness of his mane. The darker it is, the older the lion, respectively. 5. While walking, the lion’s heel does not touch the ground. 6. A lion can sleep up to 20 hours a day. 7. Lions are mistakenly called the “king of the jungle”, but the truth is that they do not live in the jungle. 8. The king of animals is able to copulate up to 100 times in one day. 9. Male lions are the only felines to have a mane. 10. The female lion reaches 23 of its size by the age of 2 years. 11. Both female and male lions continue to grow until the age of 6, becoming more massive. 12. A mature individual of a lion at one time is able to consume an amount of meat equivalent to 10% of its own body weight (approximately 25 kg). 13. The registered world record for the weight of a lion is 375 kilograms.