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Interesting facts:

Type: Mammal
Diet: Carnivore
Size: Head and body, 4.5 to 6.5 ft (1.4 to 2 m); Tail, 26.25 to 39.5 in (67 to 100 cm)
Weight: 265 to 420 lbs (120 to 191 kg)
Group name: Pride
Protection status: Vulnerable
Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:

Lions are the only cats that live in groups, which are called prides. Prides are family units that may include up to three males, a dozen or so females, and their young. All of a pride’s lionesses are related, and female cubs typically stay with the group as they age. Young males eventually leave and establish their own prides by taking over a group headed by another male.

Only male lions boast manes, the impressive fringe of long hair that encircles their heads. Males defend the pride’s territory, which may include some 100 square miles (259 square kilometers) of grasslands, scrub, or open woodlands. These intimidating animals mark the area with urine, roar menacingly to warn intruders, and chase off animals that encroach on their turf.

Female lions are the pride’s primary hunters. They often work together to prey upon antelopes, zebras, wildebeest, and other large animals of the open grasslands. Many of these animals are faster than lions, so teamwork pays off.

After the hunt, the group effort often degenerates to squabbling over the sharing of the kill, with cubs at the bottom of the pecking order. Young lions do not help to hunt until they are about a year old. Lions will hunt alone if the opportunity presents itself, and they also steal kills from hyenas or wild dogs.

Lions have been celebrated throughout history for their courage and strength. They once roamed most of Africa and parts of Asia and Europe. Today they are found only in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, except for one very small population of Asian lions that survives in India’s Gir Forest.

More interesting information on the Afrrican Lion can be found Here

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Comments

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvilleabout 5 years ago

    very beautiful LJ! love the deep colors!!!

  • Hi Miss Daisy… Thanks so much… I really appreciate your comments.. :)))

    – LjMaxx

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 5 years ago

    stunner!!!!

  • Hi R.R. Thanks so much~ His lady lion friend was watching me take his pictures.. I think it is her turn next time.. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Johan  Nijenhuis
    Johan Nijenhuisabout 5 years ago

    GREAT SHOT AND INFO ……..JOHAN

  • Hello Johan.. Many Thanks to you here~ :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Jeff Palm Photography
    Jeff Palm Phot...about 5 years ago

    Wonderful capture, my sweet Lj!! Beauitfully done!

  • Thanks Jeff. I know you love the big cats.. I hope to go see some Tigers soon.. Mabie……………… ~:)))

    – LjMaxx

  • kenspics
    kenspicsabout 5 years ago

    Magnificent animal …and an equally magnificent photo linaji!!!!
    Can see why they are the KINGS of the animal world!!!

  • Hey there Ken.. Thanks! Hope all is going good for you… I need to catch up with all thats been going on here… Cya soon.. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Lynn Bawden
    Lynn Bawdenabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful image! I love the colors, LJ~Lynn

  • Hi Lynn.. Hope all is well & good with you.. Thanks for cking out my Lion.. I saw him at the STL Zoo a ways back.. Him & his lady lion.. :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 5 years ago

    This is beautiful LJ!!

  • Hi Marvin… Thanks.. Really appreciate that~ :)

    – LjMaxx

  • Rick  Friedle
    Rick Friedleabout 5 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Hi Rick.. Thanks.. I appreciate your time to comment on this too..

    – LjMaxx

  • JenLand
    JenLandabout 5 years ago

    Very nice capture, like the lighting in this one. He’s quite a looker!

  • Hey Jenny.. Many Thanks! He is a looker indeed~ :)

    – LjMaxx

  • sss526
    sss526about 5 years ago

    Magnificent shot that only you could capture. But you have always been a lover of cats big and small. Looking forward to seeing more

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