Lions are feared and revered creatures. They are fast, powerful creatures and are amazing to watch in the wild. Here are just a few fascinating facts about lions.
Do lions live longer in the wild or in captivity?
It could be argued that the quality of life endured by a lion in captivity is lower than that of a wild lion. However, captive lions actually live longer. This is mainly because they are protected from the dangers that exist in the wild. They don’t have to worry about other predatory animals or hunters and are given all the food they need. Clearly, lions that are found in Africa and Northwest India will have a very different life experience to their cousins in captivity.
How fast can lions run?
Lions are incredibly fast creatures and an adult lion can reach speeds of 80 kilometers per hour. However, the chances are you won’t see them running during the day, since they prefer to hunt in the period between when it is night time. Lions have a reputation as being fierce and keen to attack, but attacks on humans are unusual unless they are provoked into doing so. When these attacks do happen, though, it is usually at night, something which is worth bearing in mind if you plan to watch lions in their natural habitat.
How much food do lions eat?
Fully-grown lions are huge creatures. A fully-grown male can reach about four feet high and can weigh anywhere between 330 to 530 pounds. Indeed, the lion is the second biggest cat in the world. The biggest being the liger, a cross-breed between a male lion and a tigress. Consequently, it is unsurprising that lions need a substantial quantity of meat to live. A female lion requires about 11 pounds of meat each day, while a male needs to consume about 15 pounds or more of meat every day. However, although lions need a lot of food, they usually don’t eat the whole of their kill. Instead, it is left to hyenas and vultures to finish the job and eat whatever is left of an animal carcass. After eating, lions are often very thirsty and can end up drinking water for as long as 20 minutes.
Terminology relating to lions
The male of the species is referred to as a lion or tom, while the female of the species is referred to as a she-lion or lioness. Any offspring is known as a cub, whelp or lionet. When cross-breeding takes place between a lioness and a male tiger, the result is a “tiglon”. The collective name for a group of lions is referred to as a pride.
Facts relating to lion cubs
Lion cubs are born with spots which disappear as they grow older. The average size of a litter is two cubs.
Lion is a fascinating creature
Evidently, the lion is a fascinating creature and there are definitely lots of facts and figures worth knowing about this powerful, potentially dangerous animal.