Lions live in groups called “Prides.” Lions are the only cat species that form these social groups. Every single other cat species act as loners. A pride will typically consist of about 5 female lions, 2 male lions and their young. In the wild lions live about 10-14 years and in captivity they can live longer than 20 years.
Males in the wild, however, will usually not live more than 10 years due to their rough lifestyles; with respect to the pride the male lions must fight for their right to be part of the pride and will typically remain in a pride for 3-4 years until they are ousted by another male lion. It is easy to tell a male lion apart from a female lion as the male lion has a longer and more shaggy mane around his head whereas the female does not. Did you know male lions can weigh over 550 pounds (250kg)! Wow. Fierce.