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Sorry Leo

Who's the King of the Jungle? 

Everyone knows its the lion, right? Not so fast. The lions natural habitat is large sweeping grassland savannahs, not a jungle which is where you'd more likely encounter a tiger or leopard, etc.

It seems the majestic appearance of the male lions flowing mane, resembling a crown, has created the image he rules all, but even in battle that's not particularly true. Other large felines such as tigers are larger, smarter and faster.

Dr Nobby Yamaguchi, of Oxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, has been studying the relative intelligence of the large felines:

When we compare the two biggest species, on average the lion has a bigger skull than the tiger based on the greatest length of the skull. However, the tiger has bigger cranial volume than the lion. It is truly amazing that tiny female Balinese tiger skulls have cranial volumes as large as those of huge male southern African lion skulls.