National Animal of Cameroon

National Animal of Cameroon

The national animal of Cameroon is the mighty Lion.  The Lion is the symbol of strength, power, and rules. Cameroon’s National animal, the Lion is the one of the biggest among the cats and only have mane among all of the cats. The most popular and the king of Jungle, the Lion is considered the national animal of Cameroon.

Lions are mostly found in grassland savanna. Lions live in groups called pride where the females hunt to feed the male and young lions. Other than being a national animal symbol of Cameroon, the lion is also a great tourist attraction in Cameroon.

Facts about the National Animal of Cameroon (Lion)

  • Common Name: Lion
  • Trinomen: Panthera leo
  • Adopted in: 1997
  • Found in: Africa, Asia, Europe
  • Habitat: Grasslands, forests.
  • Color: White Tawny, Gold, Blonde, Brown.
  • Average Length: Male up to 8.2ft, Female–up to 5.9ft.
  • Average Weight: Male – 174.9 kg and Female – 119.5 kg
  • Average Lifespan: 10-20 years in wild
  • Average Speed: 60-80 km/h

Lions in Cameroon are different from all of those lions from the southern part of Africa.  They are a little bit smaller than the others lion in Africa. They live in groups of between 15 to 20 lions with at most 3 males. The male lions have a long mane of hair covering their neck. Work of the lion is to provide protection to the territory while the lionesses hunt.  Lions are brown in color thus making it easier for them to hunt in the savanna grasslands. When they are not hunting, they like staying close together under a tree and play around.

The symbolism of the lion is everywhere in the political and social life in Cameroon to the point where many believe that this animal is one of the National Symbol of Cameroon