Lions are the only cats that live in large groups called prides. Prides usually include two to four males and up to 20 females and their cubs. The pride is led by a dominant female, or queen, who makes all the decisions for the group.
Lions use a wide range of sounds to communicate with each other. They roar to mark their territory and attract mates, but they also purr when contented, growl when fighting or hunting, and hiss when angry or frightened. Lions can also make high-pitched noises that sound like squeaking mice when they’re playing with each other. A lion’s ears swivel like a radar dish to locate prey or danger, so it can hear much better than we can!
Female lions do most of the hunting for their pride so they can feed their cubs while they’re still growing up. They often hunt at night — probably because this is when the prey is easier to catch!
Male lions sometimes hunt too but they don’t have as much success as females do because they’re smaller than females and have less stamina. Male lions often wait until a kill has been made by a female then try to steal some food off her kill before she gets it away from him again!
Last modified: October 26, 2022