DESTINATION AFRICA Lions are large felines that are traditionally depicted as the “king of the jungle.” These big cats once roamed Africa, Asia and Europe. However, now they are found in only two areas of the world and are classified into two subspecies. Asiatic lions live in India’s Gir Forest; African lions live in Kenya that is east africa and southern Africa. Though they look similar, these two subspecies are very different in size, habitat, diet and more. Size & characteristics The African lion is 4.5 to 6.5 feet (1.4 to 2 meters) long from its head to its rump, and its tail measures from 26.25 to 39.5 inches (67 to 100 centimeters) long. African lions typically weigh 265 to 420 lbs. (120 to 191 kilograms).