Oh wow, what a great hub. Male lions, unlike female lions and other big cats, have manes. More than anything, lions rely on their sight to help them with hunting. So for the rest of the story, let’s put out some additional facts that you may or may not know. This is very great information, thank you for sharing. Lions don’t live in the jungle. ... gazelles, and other animals in the area. One big cat that purrs but can’t roar is the cheetah. These guys are made for fighting. In the hottest and most humid environments, manes are smaller. Alas, male lions do not directly participate in the parenting, but they will protect the pride's cubs from danger. James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on June 04, 2012: Wonderful hub, thanks for sharing, voted up :). Lionesses do indeed do the majority of the hunting. But, since we are talking about how lions and lionesses are built, and why, we have to cover it. I have 4 house cats myself. gggggggggggftfttttttttt on October 30, 2017: Zaton-Taran from California on June 26, 2017: Truly he is the King of Beasts. Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 05, 2012: Very interesting hub. We took in a stray cat at work and she was the best cat you could ever hope for. I would suggest this is true of intraspecies violence as well:lions just want to drive other lions away. Thanks for that James. Other animals also do this, including cat species and ungulates such as horses. The lioness stays hidden as long as possible, slinking along on her belly when necessary, staying hidden in the grass (which is often the same color as her fur), in order to get as close to the prey as possible. A pride of lions can range from 3 lions to as many as 30 lions. Leopards, for example often stash their kills in a tree while tigers will remain in the vicinity of their kill until it’s fully eaten. The lions ferocity is unmatched; his defense is impregnable, his bravery unconscionable. Well, I suppose you could say three types, if you include hunting for prey that has already been killed by leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs… and stealing it! They hunt other small mammals such as gazelles and antelopes. Do big dark manes attract lionesses? So actually, the more virile and healthy that the lion gets, the less of a successful hunter he is. It revealed lions form prides to defend territory against other lions, not to improve their hunting success. I rescued my jack russell from a shelter- okay I had to pay a small fee. Lions, cougars, and other cats have sharp claws that they use to hunt. Normally, several lions circle around the herd they are attacking, slowly driving their victims towards some of their fellows hiding in tall grass. Lions do not mate at a specific time of year and the females are polyestrous. Experts have observed individuals stalking under vegetative cover, occasionally sticking their heads up high out of their cover in order to keep track of a particular animal they may be stalking. Once the Lion catches up to the prey, they use their powerful claws to maul at their prey and crush their necks, leaving them paralyzed to be taken back to the Lion’s home. Unlike other cats, lions are very social animals. I see you love nature. So how about if we talk about some lesser-known facts, regarding lion vs. lioness behavior and physiology, and then we can go from there. Wow, Ann I admire your kind heartedness. It’s interesting, if you have a minute. I agree with you- all cats are truly remarkable creatures, they're probably the closest you can get to a perfect land hunter. Thank you Tammy, nice to hear off you again, really appreciate your kind words. Predators need to kill and eat other animals to survive. Thanks for popping by. The unusual and useful mane: Lions are the only big cat that have such a distinct difference between the male and female, other than size - the mane. Without lions, other animals in the ecosystem may become sick, competition for food may increase, some food sources may disappear, and some animal species could also become extinct. Across Tyria, one can find, aside from non-interactable cats, a number of cats and kittens that will accept certain food items, ingredients, or other specific items; some under specific circumstances. So, yeah, the lions, especially the lion king of the pride, they take it easy, and everyone else in the pride does all they can to allow him to take it easy and stay healthy and protect them. Lions and other large cats can be surprisingly gentle when playing with young, feeble prey, he noted, but only in order to keep the creature alive and prolong the game of cat-and-mouse. This gives them a distinct advantage over some prey species when hunting at night. Lionesses, not male lions, do the majority of hunting for their prides. We know she is super fast. Thanks again. So, some more lesser-known facts. Indeed, they rarely pursue a prey item for more than 100 yards. Voted up! Anyway, I had to put my foot down several times on all the strays that wondered up. Only by working as a team were these lionesses able to tackle an animal as large and dangerous as a cape buffalo. But other places they do just fine. But there is also another variable, and that is pigmentation. Is the lioness the better for hunting? Lions are the only big cats that live in groups, called prides. Lions live in prides, but the females do the hunting, while the male protects the pride and helps raise cubs. Researchers argue about this as it's impossible to judge an animal’s intention (if a lion walks towards an animal, is it hunting it, or was it just going that way anyway? By working in groups they are able to tackle prey that would otherwise prove too fast or elusive for them. Thank you very much. ... Like house cats, lions leave their scent on each other to exhibit ownership. They live in groups, called prides, of around 30 lions. In these cases, we’re talking about adult Cape Buffalo, giraffes, possibly hippos, and even elephants, in certain areas of Africa. James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on June 03, 2012: Thanks very much Katrine, your kind words are always appreciated. A pride is usually made up of lionesses, their cubs, and a few male lions. Most reported cases of man-eaters have involved lions, tigers, leopards, and crocodilians. Mountain lions are nocturnal hunters like many of the others. Their Latin name is Puma concolor. They typically weigh between They are 6 times more sensitive to light than humans. Over the next two hours the same group of gazelles, having apparently forgotten the recent murder of one of their companions, tried not once but twice more to get to the water using the same route… with predictable results. The black-footed cat is a harder worker than the lion. Lionesses hunt together, bringing down large prey like wildebeests and zebras. Generally speaking, it is similar to the method used by cheetahs, just without the jet-pack that the cheetahs have at their disposal. Occasionally, lions will hunt young elephants, rhinoceros or hippopotamus. In other words the mighty lion loved for its courage and stature but hated for its brutal killing of beautiful animals fails 75% of the time when hunting. So it would be utterly impractical for the herbivores to avoid these areas just through picking up the lions scent. This is a big deal among scientists, from way back… all the way to Charles Darwin. Both males and females have a very powerful roar that can be heard … It is from these wandering groups that the challengers to pride leaders come from. There have also been examples of lions utilising their sense of smell to aid in the hunting process. Often in the daytime, a lion will begin closing in on a potential victim, but will subsequently give itself away, resulting in the prey escaping easily. Much faster than lions; averaging about 30% faster. https://discover.hubpages.com/education/Wild-Cats-... James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on September 06, 2012: James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on June 18, 2012: Thank you very much Christy, glad you liked it :). This is very well written and shows the regalness of the lions. This makes sense because of the heat factor. But it’s the fighting spirit, aggressiveness, size and weight of the lion that makes the difference here. Their inattentiveness to the wind does not discourage potential prey from coming into sight. I always watch Christian The lion Story. This is the bread & butter of the lioness. Also, that he is at least four to five years old. In the process though, they do sometimes give themselves away inadvertently. Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on June 05, 2012: Very very interesting and engrossing hub my friend.. LetitiaFT from Paris via California on June 05, 2012: This is so interesting. Other cats are solitary for no known reason other than it's been that way since the dawn of time. Are lionesses better hunters than lions, even though they are smaller? As well as blowing their cover, they pay little heed to the wind’s direction, which frequently allows their scent to be carried ahead, thus alerting their prey to possible danger. How do predators find food with their noses. Both sides have supporters for various valid reasons. Biologists, zoologists, ethologists have been arguing this forever. Lions, on the other hand, ... the lion is built only for fighting other lions. They will then spend most of the night alternating between lounging and hunting. this helped me soooooo much with my lions project!!! Lions hunt antelope and other hoofed animals, baby elephants or rhinos, rodents, reptiles, insects, and even crocodiles. Why Do Cats Hunt. They will stalk their victims for up to an hour, but fifteen minutes is more the norm before deciding to pounce. In this scenario, the prey could be anything from a wildebeest, a zebra, a young buffalo that got lost, various antelope or gazelle-type ungulates, etc. If not… it’s the lions and lionesses who come out on top. Of all the big cat species in the world, lions are the most social. Way too many, of course, but hey, they were strays and who can resist? Tigers live in Southern Asia and Cheetahs live in about the same part of Africa, but keep to themselves. The Social Structure of Cat Life. Hi Chris- to be honest I've never heard of lions possessing a tooth or claw in their tails, I'll have to look that one up. Thanks again. Lionesses do the hunting Lionesses, not male lions, do the majority of hunting for their prides. Female lions do all of the hunting in a pride - the male lions tend to step in and take any spoils of victory. I just always wished I'd never meet one face to face. Most of us probably already kinda knew that, but now we all know exactly how and why this is so. Lions occasionally detect their prey through hearing. The mane protects the lion's necks from other lion's claws during territory fights with other … Is it really true that lions have a tooth at the ends of their tails? However the success rate of each species can vary with pack animals more likely to successfully kill their prey. Voted up. Too big for lionesses to approach on their own. Answered by … [16] “Canned” or captive lion hunting is when lions are “farmed” to be hunted in enclosed spaces that make them easy targets. Lionesses are fast. ... Other conservationists have focused on creating protected areas for lions. Lions do not mate at a specific time of year and the females are polyestrous. The choice of animals that the lion hunts for food is largely dependent on what sort of food is available in their particular area of habitation. Great stuff, huh? Prides have also been observed gorging themselves for several hours, and then moving and doing very little for the next three or four days. There are currently 35 cats that can be unlocked. Man-eater is a colloquial term for an individual animal that preys on humans as a pattern of hunting behavior. This question originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world. This type of whole-pride hunt more closely resembles the way a wolf pack might hunt. I love lions. For the longest time, ever since lions were scientifically studied, it was believed that the mane is there to protect the lion’s throat when he is fighting. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. … 8) Lion Cubs Have Two Other Names. Lions spend lotsof their time resting. If the prey happens to get help from the rest of its herd, they usually win. The cats were all strays. When they entered the thick bush, it was bristling with lions that instantly grabbed and ate one of the gazelles. This does not include the scavenging of corpses, a single attack born of opportunity or desperate hunger, or the incidental eating of a human that the animal has killed in self-defense. New studies shows male lions … So there are many populations of lions with naturally small manes. Mountain lions are large, powerful cats. Dr Funom Makama from Europe on June 15, 2012: James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on June 06, 2012: Thanks Sunshine, appreciate the visit. How Do Lions Hunt and Kill Their Prey? Lionesses hunt around 90 percent of the time, while the males protect their pride. Once upon a time the king of the beasts roamed in Europe and America, too. “In the jungle the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight.” Erm, actually it … They do though, also have a fondness for warthogs and have been to know lie in wait outside their burrows for hours on end. Moving around at night makes a fox an easy kill for larger animals like this who have the strength and speed to deliver a fast-calculated blow. All of a pride's female lionesses and cubs are typically related. I would suggest this is true of intraspecies violence as well:lions just want to drive other lions away. They risk their life for their families, for their pride. These lions, usually females also known as lionesses then attack their prey from the sides or the rear. Lions often hunt at night to reduce their visibility and wait until they are 10 to 30 yards from their prey before charging forward, HowStuffWorks states. Also, it has been found that lionesses do not necessarily favor a big mane, when given a choice (which they don’t always have, by the way). I always enjoy your animal hubs. Unlike other cats, lions are very social animals. Yes, he did in fact kill all the un-weaned male lions that were not his own, when he took over ownership of the pride, from the previous old lion king… who was sent on his way to a lonely death in the bush, after he lost the fight against the strong, virile younger stud. Lions are the only cats that live in groups, ... Young lions do not help to hunt until they are about a year old. Enjoyed your hub. Getting an occasional “big kill” is important, and the males have no problem with taking part. Well, I could just tell you, but a direct answer to that would be sort of ambiguous and anti-climactic, because we want to know how and why it is or isn’t so, don’t we? Medium-sized prey, which is the majority of the diet. They live in groups, called prides, of around 30 lions. And where it’s colder, that isn’t as much of an issue. Pride members keep track of one another by roaring. The Lion Pride A group of lions is called a pride. So, having said that, we can’t really say that the lion is built only for fighting other lions. I hear people constantly banging on about how they've just purchased a dog from a so called fancy breeder. The Lion is the only cat that lives in large social groups, shares its territory, and regularly hunts together. Like house cats, lions leave their scent on each other to exhibit ownership. Pride members keep track of one another by roaring. The only times big old dark lions are even semi-successful hunters is when they hunt in forests or heavy bush. Be the first to answer! Antelopes, while physically fast, are mentally not quite so sprightly and pay perhaps too little attention to learning from their mistakes. Asked by Wiki User. All cats have evolved as predatory hunting mammals with particularly keen senses of hearing, sight and smell. No way. Lions roar to communicate their position to other prides. They also scavenge or steal prey from leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, or wild dogs, even eating food that has spoiled. Like those of other cats, the male lion's penis has spines that point backward. I love lions!!!! The other way that Lions hunt is a little more straightforward. As if Nature made the perfect creature and sees no reason to alter her masterpiece. Indeed, many lions injure themselves when they try to control bigger animals. Not an expert stalker, compared to the lioness. By our standards, lions are fast. The exact way in which a lion attacks its prey can be described as follows:-How do Lions Attack and Kill their Prey 1. They live together … The lions' kingdom isn't what it once was. They hunt as a group of males and can really wreak havoc. I've seen it time after time but I still watch it. Next ... are pretty much the same as those suffered by the small maned cats. In the Etosha National Park when hunting blue wildebeest, single lionesses: make 0,28 kills per hunt while, groups of 7 make 0,75 kills per hunt. Ann- I admire you taking in strays. Christopher: As always, I appreciate your visit my friend. It’s actually quite common for lions to sit and observe their prey during daylight hours, usually just before sunset. Once again, thanks!!! Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on June 06, 2012: Very interesting James. Voted up and interesting! There is a subject that I haven’t even touched on and that is the “coalitions” of young adult lions that have no pride of their own. They lack intent, but you are in the way. more The lions' kingdom isn't what it once was. But when this scenario is going on, it usually means the king of the pride got ousted and banished. Lions, which live in groups called prides, are the most social cats.The size of a pride depends on food availability, but a typical group includes three males, a dozen females, and their cubs. There has been a rapid expansion and diversity of the Felidae family during the past 10 to 11 million years and by 3 million years ago there was a wide variety of cats popula… For instance, some lions flush out or separate buffalo from the herd, while others go in for the attack. Lions sometimes eat other cats. Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on June 18, 2012: Well-researched and put together. Lionesses make up most hunting groups and often trap prey with their strong jaws. They don’t always laze around. Thank you Rahul and Sgbrown, really appreciate you popping by. Manes vary considerably, from location to location, in size. During withdrawal of the penis, the spines rake the walls of the female's vagina, which may cause ovulation. :(. Lions also gain another advantage through group hunting when they have killed an animal too large for one to eat alone; with an entire pride partaking in the consumption of food not only does more food go to more mouths at one time, but it also allows the pride to avoid the problem of having to guard or store their food. It starts with all the lionesses taking positions on the flanks. From big to small, they hardly vary. James Kenny (author) from Birmingham, England on June 05, 2012: Yeah, I watched the Christian story, it's was one of the most heart-warming stories I've ever encountered. Stefan Pociask's answer to What Do Lions REEEALLY Eat? How about the lion? A lion chasing its prey can run the length of a football pitch in six seconds. Tammy from North Carolina on June 06, 2012: I love the photos and seeing the environment of the lion vicariously. Answer by Stefan Pociask, Wildlife researcher & rehabber, on Quora: Are lionesses better hunters than lions, even though they are smaller? It shows a healthy lion and a sexy lion; at least the darkness does. That black mane sticks out like an eight ball in a cue ball factory. But there is that other aspect of manes that I mentioned, and that is darkness. Generally, they kill off about one out of fifteen of the zebras, gazelles, and other animals in the area. Thank you very much. The first is stalking. Have a wonderful day! If they are lucky enough to enjoy a really big meal, then normally they will dedicate the next twenty four hours for rest. If resources are scarce, the pride becomes smaller. Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 03, 2012: Very interesting information and video. Surely there is no other animal on this planet as majestic as the Lion, especially the big males with their characteristic shaggy manes. Thanks for sharing the nature of the lion - they truly are magnificent. Cooperative hunting also makes up for another significant problem that lions have in comparison with other predators, their lack of speed. So, do big dark manes help a lion to fight? It’s all up front. I like this so much I made a roblox game on it. This makes them up to three times more successful than lions. Lion, large, powerfully built cat that is second in size only to the tiger. Generally, the scrub country which lions tend to favour more than anywhere else, provides them with many different kinds of herbivores. I love the big cats! Male and female lions greet each other with rubs. Yes, mountain lions feed on a variety of other animals, including deer, big horn sheep, etc. Plant-eaters, on the other hand, usually have big molars that help them grind up leaves and grasses. The proverbial ‘king of the beasts,’ the lion has been one of the best-known wild animals since earliest times. Lions live together in prides and hunt in groups at night, stalking and encircling prey until one of the hunters is close enough to pounce, according to HowStuffWorks. A lioness may mate with more than one male when she is in heat. Inevitably, one of the lionesses gets some claws in and trips or tackles the prey, and then if needed, the others join in to keep the prey down until the throat is crushed and the game is over. But they mostly wait until after dark before launching an attack. Thanks for sharing. This same stealth method is used even when a lioness is hunting alone, which may on occasion, happen. United Kingdom on June 04, 2012: Great animals and a great article too. What is the function of the mane? Tigers and lions do not live in the same habitat. Lions can get easily overheated. In our days with so many videos, and pictures of male lions hunting on internet it is almost inexcusable to pretend that males don’t hunt. However, despite these obvious inefficiencies, prey is so plentiful in most of their range, that these shortcomings are almost irrelevant. In fact, the number of herbivores taken by lions in Africa only represents the amount that would be lost in the region’s next drought. It’s not uncommon after such an encounter for an injured lion to be unable to partake in any future hunts. A lion’s roar is the loudest of any big cat and can be heard up to 8 km away. They literally have to lie around in the shade! thanks! It’s thought that this is because lions need to hunt for larger prey than domesticated cats, and those who may generally hunt around for smaller bites. Yes, they get involved as well. Anatomical characteristics such as the rounded head and skeletal structure suggest that all the 37 recognised species within the Felidae family evolved from a common ancestor, probably living in Asia around 10-12 million years ago. By our standards of course, these mighty creatures are anything but slow, their top seed is around 30mph, but they can only sustain it for around a minute. Other large cats are more apt to snarl, yowl, hiss, spit, grunt or cough. Like those of other cats, the male lion's penis has spines that point backward. This is due to the fact that at certain times of the year, the scent of lions is detectable by other wildlife throughout much of the region, particularly near any water sources. Lions are the “protectors” of the pride (made up mostly of lionesses of various ages, and the adolescent and young cub sons of the lion king). By the fifth day though, the hunting itch starts to return, they begin to walk around and resume observing the masses of herbivores dotted across the landscape. Lions are about ten feet, nose to tail; lionesses are about nine feet. A pride consists of up to three males, a dozen related females, and their young. This now suggests that a big mane isn’t essential to throat protection, because the wounds of large maned cats are pretty much the same as those suffered by the small maned cats. Lions have terrific night vision. They will hunt and kill zebras, warthogs, antelopes and many other animals that are native to the savannah. During withdrawal of the penis, the spines rake the walls of the female's vagina, which may cause ovulation. Over time, that opinion started to shift toward the mane’s purpose being a sexual thing. Most likely the cats went north out of Africa into Europe and Asia eventually crossing the Bering land bridge into Alaska and down through North America to Mexico. Lions are the only truly social cats. Not only do lions have little effect on the populations of their prey, they also contribute little in terms of controlling their numbers. And, one of the most important things, with a big dark mane, he actually doesn’t blend in with his surroundings. 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