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Pride of Lions

I am not an expert in animal behavior, and certainly not a lion behaviorist. However, I am interested in their behaviour especially as I was planning to go to Africa to do my research, to help me understand more about their behavior once we were there. But the bits of information I learned from our Masai guide made our visit more interesting.

The pride

Lions are intensely social cats, they like the company of other lions

Lions unlike many other cat species, live in a colony of lions, called a pride, they are together for the sake of raising and protecting their off spring as well as continuing their existence. A small pride could consist of one female lion and her cubs; however a normal pride would consist of a coalition of male lions with at least 5/6 female lions usually related/sisters/mother/daughters etc.

A family

Lion cubs not necessarily being raised by it’s own mother, the mother’s sister could raise them

What is commonly understood about lions is that the male lion is king of the jungle, and there is an alpha male among them, one adult, and maybe some young males that soon will be a contender to be the leader of the pride. Well that’s not totally true. A pride can consist of two or three unrelated male lions who can form a friendship for the rest of their life and stay in the same pride forever.

Male Lion

Male Lion

Buddies

Buddies – Male lions , do join together even when they are unrelated as the dangers and lack of opportunities for single males seem to be so great. Unrelated males will form coalitions that last for years. This is Scarface and his buddy.

Male lions have a different appearance from their female or any other cat families, because of their mane, and the mane is like the crown for their ‘kingship’ and by far it is the biggest cat of any cat species. But because of it’s size and the mane that creates internal body heat, male lions are sometimes cranky and less agile which makes them difficult to hunt and provide food for the pride. That means, female lions are a better hunter than their male companion.

The Lioness

A lioness – Female lion with no mane around it makes her more agile to hunt for food

Unlike other cats who are solitary hunters, lions hunt as a team. A male lion can not hunt alone, it needs the help of female lions. However, when feeding time comes, even though it’s the female lions who catches the food, it’s the alpha male who is the top of the hierarchy who gets to eat first.

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Female lion with its off-spring

During mating season, sometimes two male lions in a pride fight each other over a female, but it is not usually deadly or lethal and it only happens for a few seconds not longer than 2 minutes.

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I used to live as an expat and travel around the Middle East. After 10 years working in the Arabian Gulf I am now retired and living in the UK with my British husband but still retain my interests of further travels and exploring new horizons in Europe.

11 Comments

    • Nin

      Yes, safari holiday is a different from anywhere else, you should experience that at least once…
      Thank you for visiting…

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  2. Amazing photography!! How lucky you are to go to a safari tour! I would be scared to see lions although the tour looks fascinating!

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    • Nin

      We were staying in the car all the time and it’s the rule not to leave the car at all!
      Thanks for the visit🙂

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