African Lions


Lions live all through out the African Savanna region. Their fur is tan, almost golden. Only the male lions will develop a mane, setting them apart from females. Lions are the only type of feline that have contrasting traits depending on the sex of the lion. Similar to other cats, lions have keen senses. Lions are mostly nocturnal, they are most active at night. During the night, they rely on their excellent night vision, sense of smell, as well as whiskers to hunt for food and navigate through the night.

 

Sense of smell also comes in handy when communicating with other lions that have marked their territory. While most cats usually live a solitary life style in the wild, lions of the African Savanna will work together and live as a community. They will live together in prides of anywhere from four to thirty seven cats. There is usually a core group of females numbering from four to twelve. The females do all the hunting together when they go out to ambush their prey. Other than offspring, the pride also usually has around one to six adult males.

 

Lions will usually become sexually active around the age of three to four years old, and will begin to bear cubs. They will usually give birth to 3 or 4 cubs at a time, while gestation is around four months long. The mother will retreat to her den to give birth and wont return to the pride untill the cubs have grown strong enough to leave the den, usually around 3 months. Males serve as guardians while the females hunt the African Savannas for their prey. Males teach the cubs their life skills through play, and wrestling. Eventually the cubs will join their mothers to hung once they reach a year in age. Though rituals vary from pride to pride, young adult males will leave or be forced out of the pride around age two. Young adule females lions usually remain with the pride, assuming there is not already an over abundance of females.