Native to sub-Saharan Africa, lions are some of the world’s most striking animals thanks to their graceful appearance yet strong personality. Despite being loved by many, lions are often sought-after by trophy hunters and poachers. Because of this, their population has quickly started to decrease. To help save this species, many have been sent to zoos, but some people have concerns that living in zoos only harms them. Below you’ll discover more about the differences between a captive and wild lion and how this dramatically changes their lifespan.