National Animal of Kenya

National Animal of Kenya

Lion is the national animal of Kenya.  Lions are the bravest animals the world over. They are fierce and can attack anything they deem a threat. Image of Kenya’s national animal, the lion, has been put on Kenya’s coat of arms as a symbol of nationhood and protection. As the lion is brave, strong and ready to defend itself against any threat, it has been considered the national animal of Kenya.

national animal symbol of Kenya

Lions are mostly found in grassland savanna. They are restricted to live in national parks like the Nairobi National Park and also in game reserves. Lions live in groups called pride where the females hunt to feed the male and young lions. According to the 2015 report, there are approximately 20000 lions in Kenya (The International Union for Conservation Nature). Other than being a national animal symbol of Kenya, the lion is also a great tourist attraction in Kenya.

Facts about the National Animal of Kenya (Lion)

  • Common name: Lion
  • Scientific name: Panthera leo
  • Found in: Kenyan national and game parks
  • Habitat: Savanna grasslands
  • Main prey: Buffaloes, antelopes, zebras
  • Average length: male- 5.6 to 8.2 ft.  Female- 4.6 to 5.7 ft.
  • Average weight: male- 420 lbs. female- 280 lbs.
  • Average lifespan: 10-14 years


Lions live in groups of between 15 to 20 lions with at most three 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 Kenyan lion is the bravest, strong and the most attractive tourist attraction in Kenya. This makes it to be considered one of the National symbols of Kenya.


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