The national animal of Ethiopia is Lion or Panthera. Its scientific name is Panthera Leo. The lion is a species in the family Felidae and a member of genus Panthera. It was declared as the national animal of Ethiopia in 1963.
The lion is one of the big five game animals and is an apex predator and an important keystone species that can regulate prey abundance.
The lion is known to be the king of the jungle and it symbolizes strength, power, courage and leadership.
The lions are carnivores that feed on various animals including zebras and buffaloes but they also eat small animals such as hares and monkeys.
Scientific Classification of Lion
|Population Size||Life Span||Weight||Height||Length|
|20,000||20 YRS||190 KG||90 – 110 cm||45-55 CM|
The lion is an iconic and symbolic animal found in Ethiopian culture, folklore, arts and literature. The lion has a great significance in Ethiopia. It is one of the most popular animals in Ethiopia.
The lion (Panthera leo) is a big cat of the family Felidae and one of the four “big cats” in the genus Panthera, along with the tiger, jaguar and leopard. The common name “lion” refers to several species in the Panthera genus, including the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica), African lion (Panthera leo), Barbary lion (Panthera leo), and West African lion (Panthera leo senegalensis).
The Lion is a carnivorous mammal that belongs to the family Felidae. It is considered to be the strongest land animal. The male can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh between 330-550 pounds while female can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh between 250-400 pounds. They have a yellow-golden coat which is covered with spots. These spots are called rosettes because they look like roses. They have large heads, strong jaws, rounded ears, large paws with retractable claws, muscular legs and a long tail. Male lions are bigger than females.
Fun Facts about Lion – Ethiopia national animal
- Lion is the official and native animal of Ethiopia country.
- The King of the Jungle: Lions are majestic and powerful animals. They are also known as the king of the jungle because of their huge manes.
- Lions have been known to run at speeds up to 81 kph (50 mph).
- The lion is the second largest cat in the world (after the tiger).
- A male lion weighs around 180 kg (400 lb) while a female lion weighs around 130 kg (290 lb).
- The average lifespan of a captive Lion is 17 years, while in the wild it is 12 years.
- Lions are carnivores, which means they eat meat. A lion needs about 15 lb of meat a day.
- A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away.
- Lions spend 16 to 20 hours a day snoozing.
- Lions are extremely fast when chasing prey. They can run at speeds up to 81 kph (50 mph) for short distances.
Why is Lion the National Animal of Ethiopia?
There are many reasons why lion is the native animal of Ethiopia.
First, Ethiopia is a country, which has a lot of wild animals and lions are one of them. It is also a native animal of Singapore.
Second, Ethiopia is known as the “Land of Thirteen Months of Sunshine”, also called the “Land of Origins” and the “Cradle of Mankind”.
Last but not least, Ethiopia has long been known as a country with lions.
The lion is the official & national animal of Ethiopia. It was chosen as the “King of the Animals” because it represents strength and also because it is native to Ethiopia. The lion is a symbol of power, courage, pride and nobility.