7 Surprising Facts About Big Cats: Lions

Needless to say, we all know the status a lion holds and we just can’t get enough, whenever a blog or a documentary talks about this big cat. This is why in this blog we are going to surprise you with 7 amazing facts about lions. Check these out!

1) Nearly all wild lions live in Africa, but one small population exists somewhere else

Nearly all wild lions live in Africa, below the Sahara Desert, but one small population exists around Gir Forest National Park in western India. 

2) They Can Weigh 30 Stone

On average, males weigh 190kg (almost 30 stone) and females weigh 126kg (almost 20 stone). 

3) Males’ magnificent manes signifies the sign of dominance

Male lions grow impressive manes as they get old. These manes grow up to 16cm long and are a sign of their dominance. The older they are, the darker are their manes.

4) Cubs are raised together

A pride of lions is usually made up of related females and their cubs, plus a male or small group of males who defend their pride. The lionesses rear their cubs together and cubs can suckle from any female with milk. 

5) Lions can get their water from plants

Lions are highly adaptable and can live in very dry areas like the Kalahari Desert. Here they get most of their water from their prey and will even drink from plants such as the Tsamma melon. 

6) Lions are big eaters

Lions can eat up to 40kg of meat in a single meal – around a quarter of their body weight. 

7) Lions are the only big cats who roar together

Lions are the only known cat species where individuals roar together – with even young cubs joining in with their mews. The calling sequence usually lasts about 40 seconds. 


Information Source: www.wwf.org.uk