Big Cats Require Big Calories
Studies of wild lions have estimated that they eat between 10 and 25 pounds of food per day.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums recommends slightly less for captive animals, and suggests that the average male requires 8 pounds of food per day, while females require about 6 pounds.
How long do Lions go between meals?
How long can they go without eating or drinking? They can go without food for a maximum of 14 days and without water for 4 days but will eat wild cucumbers and wild melons to extract the moisture content.
What types of food do lions eat?
Lions are carnivores, which means they are animals that only eat meat. Some of the types of prey they catch include birds, hares, turtles, mice, lizards, wild hogs, wild dogs, antelopes, cheetahs, buffaloes, leopards, crocodiles, baby elephants, rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, and even tall giraffes!
Why do lions eat so much?
Lions are carnivores, this means they like meat. They eat many different kinds of animals, known as prey. Lions can eat a LOT! Because of this, lions need to be clever hunters.
How much food does a tiger eat a day?
Tigers may consume up to 40 kg (88 lbs.) of meat at one time. It is estimated that every tiger consumes about 50 deer-sized animals each year, about one per week.