Peace Crane by Hilary Taylor

Peace Crane by Hilary Taylor
Picture by Justin Wyatt
To read Hilary's story buy this special book...

This magical story has a touch of the supernatural. When an injured crane is found and nursed, something happens, something magical and inspiring...

Gentle Footprints launched- AS SEEN ON TV

Gentle Footprints was officially launched Fri June 4th at the Hay Festival with guest speaker Virginia McKenna and some of the authors

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Virginia McKenna at Hay Launch

Virginia McKenna at Hay Launch

Animal Anthology To Raise Funds for Born Free

Bridge House Publishing announce new book coming Spring 2010. For more about Bridge House please see their website.
This book is the annual charity book for Born Free...if you want to get involved with promoting and selling this book- email me!

Visit the Born Free Website to find out more about their valuable work...

Visit the Born Free Website to find out more about their valuable work...

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

The African Lion

African Lion Facts
Common name - African Lion
Scientific name - Panthera leo
Where found – Extinct in North Africa – now live in Africa south of the Sahara

Length Male: 2.6 – 3.3m excluding tail
Female: 2.4 – 2.7m excluding tail
Tail: 60 – 100cm

Weight: Male: 150 – 250kg
Female: 110 – 180kg

In the wild up to 15 years, in captivity around 20 years.

Lions reach sexual maturity at two years and mate all year round. The average litter is between 2-5 cubs.

Life: They are social animals and unlike other many other cats they live in family groups called prides. They cooperate in the hunt together, though this is mostly done by the females. They can see quite well in the dark and do most of their hunting at night.

Males can be distinguished from the female by their mane of hair. They leave their pride around the age of two either alone or with a brother and eventually take over their own pride. This is a very dangerous activity and can sometimes result in the loss of life.

They are carnivores and eat many animals from Giraffe, buffalo, Zebra, Impala, deer and others to carrion. They can run at up to 50mph, though try not to do this as they need to conserve energy between kills.

A wide area from the grasslands of East Africa to the sands of the Kalahari.
Their numbers are rapidly decreasing due to poaching/hunting and loss of hunting grounds, thought they are not yet officially endangered.
Next time… lions outside Africa.

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