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And as the sun sets.......

the queen rises.....

taking in the view,

alert for any movement,

Africa's queen is ready for the hunt....

 

The basic unit is usually related females, living in a traditional territory with males moving in and out. Pride numbers are usually dependant and adjusted according to prey availability and it is not unusual for a few females breaking away for some time and rejoining the pride later on.

 By greeting social behavior the bonds get re-established. Nomad females are sometimes accepted in smaller prides.

No hierarchy ranks exist between the females although certain females, usually the older ones, take the lead in hunting etc. The work as a unit, hunting together and taking turns in looking after the cubs. Nursing mothers also suckle each others cubs. 

The females will also stand together if they have small cubs and a male coalition tries to take over, this is not often successful.

Growing lionesses go through a  'trial' period to see if they can stand up to the other adult females. This takes the form of harassment at kills, minor fights, etc. Those who can take the harassment of the other females stay in the pride, those that are intimidated, can run away and also become nomads.

 


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