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THE MALE LION

 (also see BBC video at bottom of page)

 

 

 

 

By the age of 2-2.5 years young males have to leave the pride, they get ousted by the resident males from the age of  two years, this is also usually the time the mane forms. 

 

Living as nomads the male or males move from area to area, taking care of themselves and hunting for themselves, until such time that they are ready to take over a pride. of their own.  Coalition on average can be 2 to 4 males strong and in rare cases more than 5.

 

Coalitions are usually with family members but nomads also join forces with others. Successful coalition of more than 2 males should be able to keep a pride for 4 years. 

Otherwise the average time period to defend and keep a pride is approx 2 years but they can be dethroned at any time and their cubs killed.

 

Visit the mating and feeding pages of this web on more information on the males and the reason for their behavior and the time limits in their lives that drives them and their actions. 

 

 

Reproduction competition is fierce and so is obtaining the lions share of the meal, up to 25% of his body weight.

Always keep in mind that no two lions are the same and that behavior observed in one lion, or in a pride, does not mean it is  normal behavior for all.

 

The magnificent roar: From the "big cat family"  lions are the ones that roar the most and the roar can reach 114 decibels.

The roar serves to alert other lions of an individual's presence and that the territory is occupied. Roaring choruses of several lions, or a whole pride, also take place. Such loud roaring takes a lot of energy and lions might be find resting afterwards.

 

Roaring is made possible by a special two-piece hyoid bone in the throat. A lion's roar can be heard over 5km away. When observing lions roar you will see just how many muscles the lions uses, lions really "digs" deep to bring out the most powerful of roars!

 

There is a distinction between the male and female roar if one listens closely and the ears are trained to the difference, the best practice is to observe them closely and listen when they roar.

 

The tails of lions is the only one in the cat family with a tassel at the tip.

 


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