Interesting Facts About Lions

Interesting Facts About Lions

Lion (Panthera leo), is one of five large cats that enter the genus Panthera and Felidae family. They have unique habits that differentiate them from cats. Here’s a collection of interesting facts about lions

  1. The lion is the second largest cat after the tiger. The weight of an adult lion is about 190 Kg for males and 130 kg for females.
  2. The scientific name for a lion is Panthera Leo.  The lion is one of five big cats. The other four members are Tiger, Leopards, Snow Leopard, Jaguar.
  3. The male lion is about 1.2 meters tall, while the length is between 1.8 and 2.4 meters. Females usually have a height of about 0.9 meters with a length of 1.5 to 1.8 meters.
  4. The biggest lion in the world is Hercules which weighs almost half a ton.
  5. Older the lion, and the darker the lion’s mane. Also, female lions prefer to mate with males who have long and dark manes.
  6. Male lion hair starts to grow at around 18 months and will continue to grow until the lion is 5 years old.
  7. Male lions can mate up to 100 times in two days to ensure that the female is pregnant.
  8. If a female lion mates with a male leopard, then the offspring is called Leopon. Leopon has a head like a lion, but with a body like a leopard.
  9. If the female lion mates with a male jaguars, so the child of the marriage is called the Jaglion.
  10. If the female lion mates with a male tiger, so her child is called a Liger.
  11. Females experience conception several times a year. They don’t have a special mating season. They adjust the mating time so they can share the role of parent for their children.
  12. Lions can see 6 times better in darkness than humans.
  13. Lion’s pupil is three times larger than humans.  
  14. Lions can run at speeds of 50 miles per hour, but only in one straight line and only a few seconds at a time.
  15. The lion is arguably the laziest animal, because it can sleep up to 22 hours per day.
  16. Because of its strength and ability, lions are often represented as strength, courage, power and cooperation. Even in various countries, the country has a symbol of a lion like a dutch, great Britain, Cambodia and other countries that have a lion symbol.Interesting Facts About Lions
  17. Lions communicate by roaring, they roar for several reasons such as communicating about their position to their family or group. Based on a research, roaring lions can be heard up to a radius of 8 kilometers.
  18. On average, the lioness needs 5 kg of meat a day. While male lions are more than 7 kg.
  19. Most of the hunting is done by females. They creep quietly towards their prey and suddenly attack them. The job is of the males is to protect the herd and the territory. Ironically, males will eat first, and spend most of the food, then followed by lionesses and young lions. Lions are actually quite lazy. They spend 16-20 hours a day for rest or sleep.
  20. Female lions can knock down buffalo weighing 1 ton more.
  21. A surprising fact, the lions are an excellent carcass. More than half of the food they eat is taken from cheetahs, hyenas and leopards. And of course, they hunt in groups, which allows them to kill large animals such as zebras, buffaloes, young elephants, rhinos, impala, wild pigs, hippos and giraffes. They even tend to hunt and eat lizards, rats, turtles, antelopes, crocodiles and wild pigs. In captivity, they mostly eat chicken, rabbits, cows and goats.
  22. There are only two species of lion alive, the Asian Lion and the African Lion. Of the two species, there are still more sub-species.
  23. African lions used to live in most parts of the African continent. For various reasons, their numbers have been halved since the 1950s, and today their population is only around 20,000. Habitat includes savannah, grassland, dense bush, and forest. At present, they are only found in sub-Saharan Africa, with a small number of them inhabiting Indian territory.
  24. The state of Asian lions is much worse, their habitat is damaged. They enter into rare animals. The population is only around 500.
  25. Lions can travel more than 12 miles in one day / night. Lions can jump as far as 36 feet.
  26. Lion is expected to be at risk of extinction by 2020 if there is no anticipation to prevent its extinction.
  27. At the base of the lion’s mustache there is a black dot. This dot pattern is what makes each lion unique, much like fingerprints.Interesting Facts About Lions
  28. A lion bite is equivalent to 30 times a house cat’s bite. However, the lion’s bite is the weakest of all the big cats, which is 600 per square inch. Jaguar has the strongest bite of all large cats, 2000 per square inch. The animal with the strongest bite is the Saltwater Crocodile, which is 7700 per square inch.
  29. Although lions are often nicknamed “Forest Kings”, lions do not live in forests. They only live in grasslands and plains.
  30. Lions have teeth known as carnasall which can cut meat to small. but no matter how thick their prey meat is, they can chew it but swallow it.
  31. In the wild, lions have ages 12 to 16 years. If in the cage they can live up to 25 years.
  32. Compared to other cats, lions are more social and they live in groups. Lions live in groups of 15-16 lions that has 2-3 male lions and the rest of them female lions and cubs. When a male lion takes over a group, they usually kill lion children. They then mate with the lioness to get new breeds.
  33. Another interesting facts about lions is that only about 1 in 8 baby lions survive to adulthood. The majority of baby lions die shortly after being kicked out of their group at around 2 years of age. This is a real example of survival of the fittest.
  34. It is a fact that the tions have very few sweat glands, so they collect energy during the day to rest. They usually sleep between 16 to 20 hours every day. With great claws and good night vision, they can hunt from dusk to dawn.
  35. Unlike most cats, lions are reliable swimmers.
    Interesting Facts About Lions
  36. In 2002, there was a female lion who adopted and protected a baby deer. However, two weeks later, a male lion ate the baby deer when the lioness was sleeping. The lioness was sad as well as angry at the male lion.
  37. The most dangerous land animal in Africa is not a lion, but a hippopotamus. Hippos kill around 500 people per year while lions kill about 100 people per year. The most deadly animal in the world is a mosquito that kills around 725,000 people annually.
  38. Another interesting fact is Lions hunt most often at night and have a 50% success rate in hunting.
  39. Lions can hear prey from 1 mile away.
  40. Lions don’t snore.lion doesn’t snore.
  41. The lion has a rough tongue so the lick can peel the skin.
  42. The lion’s prey doesn’t usually die from the sharp bite of a lion, but because of its strong grip.
  43. When water is available they drink every day. If there is no water, they can last four to five days. When in a arid place, they rely on water they get from their prey’s flesh, however, that doesn’t amount to their daily water requirements.
  44. The largest population of lions lives in Tanzania, Africa.
    Interesting Facts About Lions
  45. Among cats, lions may be the only species that has a clear difference between males and females. Male lions have manes, while females do not.
  46. Another astounding and interesting facts about lions is that the female lions are more aggressive than male lions.
  47. The lions are very concerned about their children, they do not just feed themselves but also teach it to survive.
  48. The nape of a Lion is a characteristic of a lion that of maturity and health.
  49. Ancient Egyptian society made the Lion a God of War because of its strength, power and ferocity. We can see the Sphinx Statue in Egypt as an example of this depiction in the Ancient Egyptian culture.
  50. It is unfortunate that these magnificent creatures are used as a specimen of entertainment at circuses

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