Lions are celebrated as a symbol of nobility; power and courage for centuries and some countries even feature Lions on their Flags or as national symbols; Case in point, UK. They are one of the bigger cat species and are especially known for their ferocity. For much of the history, Lions have struck fear in humans because of their size, teeth and penchant for violence against anything other than their familial groups. We are here to discuss some fun facts about Lions that you are sure to find very interesting.
Interesting Fun Facts about Lions – Amazing
9. Not the Biggest Cat
Lions are often incorrectly assumed to be the biggest cat species on the planet. They are the second biggest cat species after the tiger. The reason that people perceive them to be bigger than tigers is because of their mane as it can give the illusion of Lions having greater size.
8. The Lion’s Pride
One of the most fun facts about the Jungle King is that they are the only cat species that live in groups called pride. A pride of lion usually consist of 15 lions albeit they can vary in number. They also have leaders who are the strongest perceived lions among the pride.
7. It is in the Mane
Lions with bigger manes are often more intimidating to look at as they add to their regal appearance. Fun facts about lions are that there are many aspects of the mane that even the lionesses admire. For instance, a lion cannot form his pride or mark his domain unless he has a mane. The King of Jungle that are still developing their mane are not taken seriously by a lioness and other lions alike. Even lionesses prefer to mate with Lions, who have a thicker and darker mane.
6. Lion’s Harem
This is one of those fun facts about the Jungle King that put the fun in the fact. A leader of pride and the one who protects their pride’s territory has dibs on pretty much all the female lions. Whenever a lioness in the pride is in heat, the male leader would mate with her. Their mating ritual lasts only about a minute; talk about premature ejaculation. They might not last long, but they sure have amazing stamina. They mate for 4 to 5 days straight every 20-30 minutes.
5. They are Lazy Asses
Many of you who must have watched the Lion King might think that they are a very active bunch. No, No, No, No; contraire my friend. The King of Jungle are bonafide lazy asses as they prefer to rest for as much as 20 hours a day. They don’t even actively participate in the hunting, leaving that up to the lionesses and young trainees.
4. Hunting in Groups
Lions may be fast and ferocious, but they don’t have the stamina of a gazelle or an Impala; the ones they usually hunt. Although they can reach up to 50 miles per hour, it is only for a short burst. It is one of the fun facts about lions that they hunt in groups and often use very advanced tactics to lure their prey, something that will require critical thinking on a human’s part.
Although they usually hunt animals like zebras, wildebeests, impalas, gazelles and what not; they sometimes hunt hippos, rhinos and even elephants when the food is scarce. Their hunting venture ends in failure more than 50% of the time. When desperate times call for desperate measures, the leader of the pride would join the hunting team for a sure kill hunt.
3. Expressive Animals
Lions like companionship and they often lick each other (minds out of the gutter please!), rub their heads or touch with their paws to express themselves. They even purr, snarl, hiss or roar to show their different moods and intensities. A lion’s roar can be heard up to 8 km.
2. Caring Animals
One of the fun facts about the Jungle King is that their females are very caring towards the cub. A mother lion only neglects a cub with a heavy heart when the food is very scarce. They sometimes even raise neglected cubs and let them suckle so that they can survive. A lion usually stays with the mother for the first two years.
The King of Jungle, like many other animals, have an underwhelming lifespan. Theirs live up to 15 years in the wild, and they can reach the age of 25 in captivity. The oldest recorded lion was nearly 29 years old.
Lions are very ferocious, and they would do almost anything to protect their territory and pride. That is why they are referred to as the ‘King of the Jungle’.