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Lion

Male lion resting and showing long mane which is blackish toward the back

The world's most social felines, lions roam the savannas and grasslands of the African continent, hunting cooperatively and raising cubs in prides.

Adopt an African Lion

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Lion populations have greatly decreased due to habitat loss and human conflict. Adopt an African lion and help the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save... read more

Animal Enrichment

a tiger pulls on a rope connected to a large rubber ball From painting primates to piano-playing otters, learn how enrichment activities keep the Zoo's animals physically and mentally stimulated.

Lion News

African Lion
Apr. 14, 2017
Sometimes, even top predators need a leg up in order to survive. The recent boom in Kenya’s human population prompted people to sprawl and build their homes on the savannah. As a result, increased...
Dec. 28, 2015
For the first time in this pride, Zoo veterinarians have successfully drawn blood from a lion—a juvenile male named Jumbe—while he was awake.

U.S. Pet Salamanders Disease Free

In 2016, the international import of 201 salamander species into the United States was restricted in an effort to prevent the newly discovered deadly salamander fungal disease, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), from entering the country. In a new study, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists reveal that the moratorium seemingly has the chance to be effective.