The lion, tawny to sandy brown in colour, is the largest of the African. Lions live a lazy lifestyle, typically active for only two to four hours in every 24. The lion is the second largest cat after the tiger. A male lion will weigh about 250 kilos and the females will weigh about 180 kilos. females give birth to litters of up to six cubs (usually one to four). Male African lions can grow up to 9' in length. Another characteristic of lions is that not only are adult males considerably larger than females (adult males 415 lbs., females 277 lbs.), they possess manes. The male's chief role in the pride is to defend territory and the females from other males. Lions have been celebrated throughout history for their courage and strength. After the hunt, the group effort often degenerates to squabbling over the sharing of the kill, Lions are the most social of the cat family. The female normally does all the hunting, usually at night, late afternoon or early morning. At a kill.