Portrait of a lioness
“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
A female lion (lioness), which is smaller in size than the male, leads a pride.
Lions belong to the cat family of animals known as feline (Felidae), they are the second largest of the big cats behind the tigers.
A lion can leap to about 36 feet, run 50 mph over short distances, and when it walks, its heels do not touch the ground.
Lions in the wild have a lifespan of between 10 to 16 years, while those in captivity or zoo can live for up to 30 years.
Lions mate all through the year. The female carries a pregnancy for 110 days (gestation period) before giving birth to 3 to 4 babies called cubs.
When lions roar, the sound can be heard over a distance of 5 miles.
Female lions are nocturnal and are therefore able to hunt at night. They hunt in a team which makes it easier for them to get their prey.
Lions do not always hunt for food; sometimes they steal food from hyenas and wild dogs using their higher strength and number to chase the food owners away.
Female lions do most of the hunting, but surprisingly, it’s the male that eat the prey first before the female.
Published as part of Wordless Wednesday