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The Ecological Role of Lions

The Ecological Role of Lions

The ecological importance of lions (Panthera leo) in top-down processes within terrestrial ecosystems; the negative impacts of their loss The predator-prey equilibrium of any terrestrial ecosystem is dependent upon both ‘bottom-up’ (food resources) and ‘top-down’...

Facts About Lions For Kids

Facts About Lions For Kids

The lion is the King of Beasts and husband of the lioness. Gazelles and things on which he feasts address him as your high-o-ness. There are those that admire that roar of his, in the African jungles and velds, But, I think that wherever the lion is, I'd rather be...

Canned Hunting

Canned Hunting

Canned Lion Hunting The concept of “canned hunting” of animals like lions has recently come under a microscope dialled to the optical level of “extensive scrutiny”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A canned hunt is a trophy hunt which is not "fair chase"; it has...

Inbreeding in Lions

Inbreeding in Lions

Inbreeding Depression in the African Lion The risk of inbreeding within fragmented lion populations is a fundamental problem in conservation biology and although the problem has been clearly established, its impact has been greatly underestimated.  Although...

Panthera Leo

Panthera Leo

A Lions Account "Lion: the fiercest and most magnanimous of the four-footed beasts" Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1755) Welcome to our comprehensive guide to the African lion. Let's start our journey of discovery with Etymology, where did the...

Meet the Lion Family

Meet the Lion Family

Lions: Meet the Pride While other big cats choose to live alone, lions are very sociable animals and live together in a family group called a pride.  A pride usually has about 13 lions in it, but there can be as many as 30; mums, dads, brothers and sisters, aunts,...

Lion Cubs

Lion Cubs

New cubs on the block Female lions, lionesses, are able to give birth to cubs all year round, usually from the age of about three or four years old.  Pregnancy lasts for around 110 to 120 days.  Eventually, when it is time to give birth, lionesses leave their family...

Where do lions live?

Where do lions live?

African lion prides live in what we call a savannah This is a dry area of land, mostly covered in long grass with only a few trees scattered around.  The weather is very hot during the day for most of the year, followed by a short rainy season. Each pride lives in its...

How do lions communicate?

How do lions communicate?

Lions: How do they communicate? Lions use different calls when communicating with each other: meows, roars, grunts, moans, growls, snarls, purrs, hums, puffs and woofs.  Each sound has a different meaning. Lion Roar The most famous of these calls is the roar.  It is...

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