Lions are known for their elegance, fierceness, strength and majestic gait which earned them the nickname “king of the jungle. ”The male lions are exceptional among other feline family due to their thick and intimidating manes around their necks.
According to the National Geographic Channel, the roar of a mature-adult lion which can be horrifying and frightening can be heard 8 kilometers away.
Lions are found in major natural parks in Eastern Africa and parts of Central Africa and India. The notable parks are the magnificent Serengeti National Park and Krugar National Park. Likewise, in Nigeria, the Kainji Lake National Park and Yankari Games Reserve are the two reserves with few of the remaining lions in West Africa.
Some of the several facts about Lions are listed below.
- Lions live in groups called prides, which comprise of related lionesses and their dependent offspring along with two or three unrelated males. As soon as the dependent young lion becomes independent, he may decide to form its own pride.
- A male lion weighs about 226 kilograms, which is about the weight of 4 adult humans.
- Lions live in grasslands and plains and not the jungle or rain forest as usually depicted.
- Lionesses are in charge of hunting while the male lions stay home and watch over the pride.
- A baby lion is called a cub or a lionet.
- If a lion misses its target on the first run, it usually abandons the chase.
- Lions can survive for long periods without water, getting much of what they need from the moisture content of their prey.
- Lionesses with their female cubs live together for life while the male cubs must venture out on their own once they reach maturity
- Lions are the only member of the feline family with manes which makes them appear larger and more intimidating.
- Some countries make use of the lion symbol in their emblem. Countries like Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, England, Ethiopia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Singapore all regard the lion as their national symbol.
- Brands like Peugeot, Lions club, MGM Studios, Lonsdale, Premier League also make use of the Lion emblem.
- Lions are regarded as vulnerable in the conservation status of the International Union of Conservation of Nature.
- There are lists of lion movies as well. Movies like: Lion King, the Ghost and the Darkness, the last lions, prey and African cats.