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  THE LIONS MANE

Although many will say that a female prefers the male according to his mane, this is not true as the female does not have a choice, males take over a pride and usually only one male will mate, unless he moves away after a day or two and another male, from the same pride takes over this function.

The mature, healthy, male lion usually has a magnificent mane that covers the back of the head, and the shoulders.

 

The mane varies from individual to individual.  Some have no mane (see photo below taken at the Kruger National Park of a full grown male, apart from a bit of fluff no mane was present - below)

There has even been cases reported where females had manes but this is rare.  It is also believed that it could be due to in-breeding, although many photos taken over the years have always been of lions in the wild. The "African Environment & Wildlife magazine" have run a number of photos of females with manes.

 See link at the bottom of this page for more reports.

Some lions have manes that run under the fore legs and along the abdomen. Manes vary in color and tends to grow darker with age.

Other lions in Africa have nearly black manes, white lions white manes, there are also the blondes and reddish manes, variety of browns and yellows.

   

Very little mane or the "bold" look is usually a sign of old age and/or disease/illness and of course fighting. This can be seen in the lions in the Kruger TB areas.

The most distinctive characteristic of the male lion is the mane. Not only does it make the appear larger, especially in displaying intimidation with other lions as well as scavengers, the size and color is associated with genetic precondition, sexual maturity and testosterone production; it is said that the fuller and darker the mane, the healthier the male.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and photos on "maned females" please follow the link below:

 

 

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/09/weird-wild-rare-maned-lionesses-explained/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the beautiful song from African Cats, The world I knew, sung by Jordin Sparks.........


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