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Li­ons can reach speeds of up to 60km/h and leap up to 12 me­tres. Their roar can be heard more than 8km away. They can live in prides of up to 40 in­di­vid­u­als. A male lion's large, healthy mane says two key things - “stay away” to other males, and “come here” to fe­males. A good mane is an in­di­ca­tor of health, nu­tri­tion and good genes. The lion pop­u­la­tion in Africa has been re­duced by half since the early 1950s. To­day, fewer than 21,000 re­main in all of Africa. Three main threats cur­rently fac­ing li­ons are habi­tat loss, loss of their prey base to the bush meat trade, and hu­man-lion con­flict. Eye to Eye En­coun­ters Days: Thurs­day and Sun­day Time: 11:30am Price: $50 Book: closeen­coun­ters@perth­zoo.wa.gov.au or phone 9474 0444 Visit: www.perth­zoo.wa.gov.au

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