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The Mighty Roar and Clever Mind of Lions

Panthera leo or lions are the kings and queens of beasts and are known for being terrifying regal creatures. However, what most people don't know is that lions are also incredibly intelligent.

Lions live throughout Africa in groups of up to 40 called “prides.” Within the pride there are several females, cubs, and one to five adult males. Lions are very territorial. A pride can extend as far as ten miles in any direction. A lion's roar is extremely noisy and can be heard five miles away, they use their roar to let everyone know that the territory is theirs.

Cubs depend on their mothers for almost two years. During this time, they learn to attack prey by wrestling with their siblings. Once they've become adults, the females stay home but the males leave to start their own pride. Meanwhile, the males in the pride protect the females against intruders.

Lions are carnivores. They hunt as a group looking for wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, and young elephants. Lionesses do most of the hunting. They can eat around 80 pounds of food. After having a big meal they can go a week without eating and sleep for roughly 20 hours. A male lion can weigh as much as 500 pounds and a female can weigh about 300 pounds.

Lions are one of the top predators in Africa, they are feared by many of their prey and hunters.

[Source: Eyes on Nature: Wild Creatures]

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