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What makes lions mammals:

 

  • Lions give birth
  • Females suckle their young and are responsible for the protection and upbringing  of the cubs
  • Mammals clean/lick offspring at birth (elephants don't!). Mothers lick and consume waste by licking the anogenital areas to eliminate odor and stimulating the cubs bowel/bladder movements. It therefore serves as a anti-disease and anti-predator measure
  • Most carnivores are born blind and helpless
  • Lionesses teach cubs what to eat and how to obtain food

 

 

Why do lions live in groups?

 

  • They are social animals and the benefits include the following;

  • Reduced risk of predation e.g. hyena
  • Better access and intake of food e.g. they can catch larger prey and have more family members to hunt.  In lean times this will obviously have a negative impact on all members of the family, if only small prey is available.
  • Better defense of their territory, cubs, other lions etc. Females defend their territory against other females while males defending can only do so for a limited time.  Females always remain in a territory while males come and go
  • Young females remain in the pride while males are dispersed
  • Communal suckling and watching over other cubs while the females go hunting

 

 


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