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(Panthera leo krugeri)
What type of animal? Mammal
Where does it live? Africa
What's it covered with? Fur
Natural habitat? Grassland
What does it eat? Meat For all of their roaring, growling, and ferociousness, lions are family animals and truly social in their own communities. They usually live in groups of 15 or more animals called prides. Prides can be as small as 3 or as big as 40 animals.
In a pride, lions hunt prey, raise cubs, and defend their territory together.
In prides the females do most of the hunting and cub rearing. Usually all the lionesses in the pride are related—mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and sisters.
Many of the females in the pride give birth at about the same time. A cub may nurse other females as well as its mother.
Each pride generally will have no more than two adult males. While the females usually live with the pride for life, the males often stay for only two to four years. After that they go off on their own or are evicted by other males who take over the pride.
When a new male becomes part of the pride it is not unusual for him to kill all the cubs, insuring that all future cubs will have his genes.
The main job of males in the pride is defending the pride’s territory. A male’s loud roar, usually heard after sunset, can carry for as far as five miles (eight kilometers). The roar warns off intruders and helps round up stray members of the pride.
Hunting generally is done in the dark by the lionesses. They often hunt in groups of two or three, using teamwork to stalk, surround, and kill their prey.
Lionesses aren’t the most successful of hunters, because they usually score only one kill out of several tries. After the kill the males usually eat first, lionesses next—and the cubs get what’s left.
Males and females fiercely defend against any outside lions that attempt to join their pride. Maybe in this case the family that preys together stays together!
Text by Marion McGrath
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- [2005-07-11 2:20]
Very nice capture.Details,expression on face and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)
Wondeful lady.Eye contact,DOF,framing and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.
- [2005-07-11 4:10]
She's got her eye on you Sweety. She looks very close. Good shot of her, showing her in her usual pose I imagine. Nothing much for them to do at the zoo but wait for their meat to be brought to them. Good job.
What a wonderful golden eyes! Just superb!
- [2005-07-11 4:25]
Eexcellent lighting, good sharpness.
- [2005-07-11 5:08]
Nice composition&good DOF.
hello:) I am happy that I am far from this animal:) this is great shot with nice colours. Great work:)
- [2005-07-11 7:34]
I like Lions Sweety. I love family model made by lions. Females do all dirty work, hunt and work hard with all these boring house things ;-) Males sunbath, eat and comments which female is the best ;-))) Perfect life ;-)))
Wow ! Nice shot ! What expression !
- [2005-07-11 15:04]
Sweety, nice pose, great photo. Great colors too.
These animals are very nice, and your shot shows that very well.
An excellent capture. The color and detail are perfect. It appears she had her eye on you while you had an eye on her.