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Animals

The lion, true king of the savannah ?

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The lion is an animal that lives with its family
The only big cat that lives in a family is the lion. A troop of four to ten females is usually ruled by one male, with the exception of cubs. Sometimes, a group of males may lead the troop.

The group’s young males are kept together until they reach the age of two or three years. After that, they are chased away. They travel long distances to search for a new troop that can conquer the dominant male. A lion usually stays at the head its harem for between two and four years.

The lioness is the one who hunts
Although he may be the clan leader the lion doesn’t participate in family life. He is responsible for the troop’s security from other lions or hyenas. In addition to getting 15 hours sleep per night, The lionesses are responsible for the education of the cubs. They are all interrelated and have strong links. A female will take care of any young she has not yet had, even if they are suckling.

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The hyena is a mortal enemy
Although they may not appear identical, the lion and the hyena are close cousins. Both belong to the feliform suborder, (feliformia). These two species can hate each other despite their surprising kinship. These animals share the same prey and the same territory. Lions won’t hesitate to kill a single hyena and vice versa. The hyena is the larger predator of both the lions and hyenas. A study in Tanzania’s Serengeti found that 53% of prey are killed by hyenas, while 33% are killed by lions.

The hunted lion for its prestige
It is not always a good thing to be the king among beasts. The lion’s majestic physique is a prized trophy by hunters looking for trophies. South Africa announced in May 2021 plans to ban the breeding and keeping of lions captive for hunting. country. This is good news for felines, as legal and supervised hunting is still allowed in many African countries.

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