Interesting Facts About Lions

Lions are the best cats of Africa!

1. Lions are the only social cats, living in groups called prides.

2. Male lions are the only cats with manes – a trait of which the beginnings and purpose has divided scientists

3. Living in prides helps lions survive in difficult times, proving particularly beneficial for the vulnerable young cubs that need protection.

4. Lion cubs have spots at birth that disappear with age.

5. In the pride, lionesses specialize in hunting whereas the big males’ function is to provide protection from outsiders.

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6. Lions take down a range of prey animals including gazelles, wildebeest, buffaloes and even elephants in certain areas of Africa (e.g. Botswana).

7. Lions do not as competition and frequently attack and kill fellow predators like leopards, hyenas and cheetahs.

8. Contrary to popular belief, recent research indicates male lions take part in 50 60 % of hunts – particularly if it is needed to take down bigger prey.

9. Also there is growing evidence that lions do scavenge and frequently attack hyenas to steal their kills.

10. Though not as notorious as tigers for man eating, lions do at times resort to attacking individuals – displaying great cunning and bravery ~ as seen in the case of Tsavo man eaters nearly a century ago.

11. A pride comprises of interrelated females and a person to 4 adult males ~ young male lions are knocked out of the pride once they show signs of maturity.

12. These young males, known as nomads, then wander around, forming coalitions and surviving by themselves until they reach enough maturity and strength to take control of a pride of their own.

13. Lion is known as the king of beasts for the bravery of his and fighting skills!

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