MARKING


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Markings by lions:

 

  • Scent: Urine spraying, also on objects the same height such as trees and schrubs
  • Scuffing: kicking with the hind legs while urinating
  • Head rubbing: on family members, carrion as well as on dung
  • Defecating and all family members inspect each others anal glands
  • Claw sharpening

 

Markings are done so intruders can know that a territory is occupied.  Intruders will also hear the roar of lions in the vicinity and all of these send a clear signal to stay out or face the consequences.

 


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