Lion, Serengeti

Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic

In the Serengeti, life is hard for the greatest of African predators. An adult male lion like Hildur, shown here, might attain the advanced age of 12 in the wild. Adult females can live longer, even to 19.

See more pictures from the August 2013 feature story "The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion."

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