Lions are the most personable of any wild cat. While other cats are solitary hunters, these social beasts live together and often hunt in packs, but do not like to share a meal. Lions are twice as successful when hunting as a group.Know More
Lions are carnivores and their roar can be heard up to five miles away. Their main prey is wildebeest, antelope, giraffe, buffalo, wild hogs and zebra. Lions also eat carrion, the flesh of dead animals. A lion slowly sneaks up on its prey, then pauses, crouches and hides until it gets close enough to pursue its target. The lion usually gives up if pursuit of its prey goes further than 300 feet, according to the Bronx Zoo.
Females are at the heart of the lion society, forming prides of about 15 related members. They hunt, rear the cubs and defend their territory. Males form nomadic coalitions that compete for access to prides. Female offspring of pride members remain in the group as adults, but male cubs leave as they approach three years of age, which is considered full-grown for a lion.
Lion cubs can be born throughout the year, but pride members tend to give birth around the same time. Lion cubs can take more than two years to learn how to survive on their own. Older female lions are aided by the pride as long as they can keep pace. Older male lions are ousted from the pride by younger, stronger males.Learn more about Large Cats
Lions are a member of the Animalia kingdom and the phylum Chordata. They are in the Mammalia class, the order Carnivora and the genus Panthera. The scientific name for a lion is Panthera Leo.Full Answer >
Lions can run at top speeds of 50 miles per hour. Lionesses are faster than male lions, and they do most of the hunting for the pride.Full Answer >
A young lion is called a cub. Adult males are called lions, while adult females are called lionesses. A lion transitions from cub to adult at 24 months in age.Full Answer >
Lions do not have many natural predators; humans, other lions and hyenas are sometimes known to kill lions. The lion is referred to as the king of the jungle, but hyenas will sometimes kill them when they are injured and the hyena is extremely hungry.Full Answer >