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|Name: Lion |
Scientific Name: Panthera leo
Conservation status: IUCN Vulnerable
Habitat African grasslands south of the Sahara Desert in Africa
Unique Features: Lions are one of the few social big cats. Males have a long mane surrounding their faces.
Social Behaviour: Lions live in prides of up to 30 dominated by one or more males. Male lions leave most of the hunting to the females, but will fight strange males that come into their territory. The winner of such a fight takes over the whole pride, and the loser must leave to find another pride or to fend for themselves.
Diet: Wildebeest, zebra or antelope which they hunt usually in the evening.
Reproduction: A lioness will give birth to 2-5 cubs after a gestation of between 100 and 119 days. The cubs are born blind and helpless and are completely dependent on their mother. From her they start learning to hunt at about 6 weeks old, but they cannot tear meat properly until they are a year old. In their second year they start to hunt for themselves. Some females may be allowed to stay with the pride, but the dominant lion drives out all the male cubs.
Life Cycle: Lions rarely live beyond 15 in the wild but have been known to reach 30 years in captivity.
Relatives: Lions are related to the other big cats - lions, tigers, jaguars and leopards are all members of the same genus.
Interesting Facts :
*A mature male can be 1.2m at the shoulder and 2.5m long, plus tail. He will average just over 200 kg. Females are considerably smaller than males, weighing less than 120 kg.
*The roar of an adult lion can be heard up to 5km away.
*Lion cubs are born with a spotted coat that fades after a few months.
*Thousands of years ago, lions were common throughout southern Europe, southern Asia, eastern and central India and over the whole of the African continent. Today, with the exception of some 300 highly protected animals in the Gir National Park of India, the only lions in the wild are found in Africa.
*A lions loud roar is made possible by the cartilage in his throat having ossified into bone (referred to as the Hyoid structure). This is true of all the big cat or "roaring" species. A lion's roar can be heard for up to 5km. The smaller cats with the softer throat structure can only meow.
Above information gather from here.
Sorry everyone, I haven't had much time to spend on the site lately, have been overload with jobs, but still try my best to visit you whenever I can. Just want to wish you all have a good weekend. Take care.
chiliu, sAner, Comandante, Janice, dew77, Eko, carper has marked this note useful
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- [2005-08-27 0:09]
Elles sont bien nourries, ša fait aucun doute.....(Zoo ?) J'aime beaucoup la composition et les couleurs.
Merci pour le partage.
- [2005-08-27 1:13]
Very good lighting, and very nice colour.
- [2005-08-27 3:11]
Good capture Sweety. The exposure is very good and I like the warm light. Details are sharp and the POV is great. I think I would have left some more space on the left to give the lions some space to look into. Other than that; a great picture. Well done & TFS!
Wonderful shot.POV,framing,details and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.
- [2005-08-27 4:01]
They look like 2 old ladies sitting back and watching the time go by! Good shot Sweety, the pair look so similar and the colours and detqails are good. Well done.
- [2005-08-27 4:33]
Wonderful lazy pair;).Details,lighting,DOF and POV,pose of cats and composition are very nice.
Excellent work my friend,have a nice and sunny weekend!TFS...:-)
- [2005-08-27 5:27]
Very nice capture.On boths face is the same expression.I liked POV,details and composition very much.Thanks for posting.
- [2005-08-27 14:12]
Nice one Sweety,
next time give a yell maeby they look to the camera. the composition is nice but I like eye contact. Good pov, fine details and great note,
I had to look at your shots here also, I haven't known that you are also here at TN.
I like these lazy cats, and I have to say thanks for your words for so many of my shots, I'm very happy you like them, bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda