Beautiful creatures - with around an estimated 20,000 left in the wild, they are right along side the polar bear for need of protection. The West African lion is considered critically endangered with only an estimated 406 left in the wild.
Lions most often live in groups called prides, although they can sometimes also be found in pairs. Each pride of lions has a male who is the dominant leader of the group. Males are very protective of their territory and use a ferocious roar to warn intruders.