Fun Facts - Lions
Lions rest or sleep up to 20 hours a day!
Lions enjoy chilling. They spend between 16 and 20 hours each day resting and sleeping. They have few sweat glands so they tend to conserve their energy by resting during the day when it's hot and become more active at night.
The Swahili name for lion is 'Simba'
Hence the name for Disney's famous lion! 'Mufasa' is also Swahili and means king. And although Disney might teach you different; lions can't talk English.
A lion's roar can be heard up to 8km away!
Lions are very territorial and roar to communicate their position to other prides and avoid conflict.
Lions are the only big cats that live in large social groups
A group of lions is called a pride. Living in these large groups helps as hunting in teams gives them a higher kill success rate (success is still only less than 50%!). The drawback is that they must hunt more often. Living in these groups makes it easier to find a mate and also protect their young.
Female lions do most of the hunting
Although the females do most of the hunting the males usually eat first. This may seem unfair, but the male lions protect the pride so must remain strong. Lions will tend not to try and take down large prey and instead focus on the younger or weaker members of a herd, separating them from the rest and taking them down as a team.
If you've never seen this video of a lion hunt in Kruger national park below YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS INCREDIBLE AMATEUR FOOTAGE!
Scavenged food makes up about 50% of a lion's diet
Although lions are famous hunters they often take over kills from hyenas, cheetahs and leopards. As lions scavenge food and often look for the easiest meal they can be a pest for African farmers and sometimes get shot or even poisoned when the farmers try to protect their livestock.
You can help lions by giving to the African Wildlife Foundation.
AWF protect the wildlife and environment of Africa by working together with the African people and raising awareness of key issues in the area.
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