According to reports on National Geographic’s, there is about 26,000 lion specie in the world and the majority of them live within the African continent. Lions are the world’s most social cats, they live in groups called prides.
How many lions constitute a pride? About 3 – 30 lions, which consist of more females and this group of lioness will stick together for life. When it comes to the male lions they usually move on when they reach adulthood. This is nature’s way of stirring the genetic pot within the lion kingdom. Did you know? A pride might have two unrelated adult male lions in their group yet these lions are under constant threat by other male lions because they are trying to make a move on their related territory. For several years the male lion will be able to hold its spot on top but will be killed eventually or get run off by a stronger and younger outsider, that only occurs if he doesn’t get killed by unnatural circumstances like hunting.
Did you know facts about the African Lions hunting habits in South Africa: Many believe that lion attack mainly old and wounded animals but this is not always the case. Often animals in the prime are taken with notable exception of buffalo and large male giraffes.
Lions are opportunistic hunters, after they carefully stalk their prey they will select the closet animal regardless of the age, sex or condition of the animal. They do work strategically and test their prey for any weaknesses. Although lions kill their own prey they also scavenge food from other predators and when unable to hunt will even eat dead decaying flesh of animals called carrion.
When lions find suitable prey, they are able to eat every 3 to 4 days but are able to go without food for an entire week. In average lions can consume about 5-7 kg of meat. The norm for an African Lion is to kill enough to sustain itself and can kill excessively in case of the prey being too weak. In Africa the lions hunting habitats do vary from population. In South Africa, water buck, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, giraffe and various antelopes seems to be their favourite kill.
Why not go on that daring safari near you and come and experience the powerful yet socialite creature found it the wild.