Lion Trivia

Did you know this about Lions?

  • Like many cats, lionesses head-butt in greeting.

  • Lions normally walk 2.4 miles per hour (4 kilometres per hour), but can run 29 - 35 miles per hour. Lions are also able to leap distances of up to 36 feet.

  • Most lion hunts fail. Out of 62 lion stalks observed in one study, only 10 were successful.

  • Female lions will suckle another female lions young.

  • Lion cubs preyed upon by leopards and hyenas.

  • When a lion roars it can be heard up to five miles away.

  • Lions can be diurnal, nocturnal or crepuscular.

  • Lions mark their territory by roaring, urinating and patrolling.

  • Lions rest up to 20 hours a day.

  • Lions will normally hunt in open country at night and in heavier vegetation during the day.

  • Lions are the only big cats that live in social groups called 'prides'.

  • Asian lions live in smaller prides, are smaller in size and have smaller manes than African lions.

  • Some male lions do not have manes, they are seen most often in East Africa.

  • Lions are the only members of the cat family to have males and females that look distinctly different.

  • Only lions have a tuft of dark hairs on the tips of their tails, which helps them communicate with other lions in their pride.

  • Lions can often survive in extreme drought conditions, eating tsama melons for moisture in the Kalahari Desert.


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