The African Lion: All About It!

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1) The king of the African jungle
2) A small territory for the largest cat
3) An uncertain future for the African lion
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Currently, man is trying by all means to protect certain endangered species. However, it is essential to point out that this disappearance is nothing other than a consequence of action perpetrated by man for thousands of years. Excessive hunting, poaching, environmental disrespect, all these have contributed to reducing the chance of wild animals to multiply, but also and above all to survive. The African Lion is one of those species threatened by extinction. Indeed, the area inhabited by African lions is only 5 countries. The enemies of this species number in the dozens, but all are related to man and his practices. Deforestation, an African practice still in use, is a major cause. It deprives African lions of their territories, but also of their food. The list does not end there. The species is currently threatened with extinction.

African Lion

1) The king of the African jungle
Scientifically called Panthera Leo, the African lion is the largest cat. It is a carnivorous mammal that can reach a weight of 250 kilos. Described as the king of animals, the African lion is a fearsome and dreaded predator. While it is at the top of the wildlife food chain, it has become prey to humans. The male lion is distinguished by its bushy mane that crowns its head, earning it the title of king. The mane is only visible in adulthood, its colour changes with the age of the animal, it becomes darker and darker. The African lion is also known for its physical strength and character. Indeed, as a king, he is an animal that reigns without sharing and without concession on his territory. In principle, a community can have 10 females for every male, although it is not impossible to find 3 males in a group of 15 to 20 females. Nevertheless, only one male will be the dominant and the other two will have to wait their turn to claim the throne. The ferocity of the African lion is a danger, not only to other species of wild animals, but also to humans. It is not uncommon for a hungry lion to come and collect its prey in the villages. The roar of the male also contributed to his very high reputation. The growl of the African lion can be heard from a very long distance, up to more than 8 kilometres away. A judicious way to impose his reign, but also to prevent the king from joking and to beware of the unwary who will dare to venture into the territory.

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2) A small territory for the largest cat
If this species was everywhere in the world, in India, Asia, Europe and Africa, its territory was gradually eroded. Apart from the Asian lion that lives in India on a reserve, African lions live freely in the African savannah, sometimes in almost desert regions where finding a shadow area becomes a real challenge.

Like all wild species in the wild, African lions must take care of their own nutrients. Herbivores are the first victims, namely giraffes, antelopes, zebras and other mammals. An adult lion eats between 5 and 40 kilos of raw meat per day. If the male takes part in the hunt, it is most of the time for pleasure or because he is really hungry. Indeed, hunting is rather a mission reserved for lionesses. This may be due to the fact that they are more agile, faster and less heavy than males. 20% of the attacks perpetrated by these predators are doomed to failure because the prey are indeed faster. A gazelle can run at more than 75 km/hour and sow its predator, which usually does not exceed 50 km/h. As a result, the African lion hunts at night and relies on surprise to find prey. It is also a way for this species to escape the tiring and untenable heat of the African savannah. During the day, the king prefers to save his strength and take a nap. Great adept of idleness, the African lion spends most of its time lounging, it sleeps on average 20 hours a day. The remaining four hours are used to feed and occasionally to chase after prey. If the latter are missing, the king, occasionally a scavenger, can always settle for animal carcasses left by other hunters.

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3) An uncertain future for the African lion
The threat of extinction facing this species is becoming increasingly obvious. While the factors that accelerate this extinction are mostly man-made, nature or other predators are no strangers. The lioness wears her cubs for 3 and a half months before giving birth. Only half, and sometimes even less, will be able to reach adulthood. The cubs then live away from the group for up to 10 weeks. It is during this period that they are most vulnerable. Once the lioness has gone hunting, the cubs become easily accessible prey for other predators. By joining the group, they benefit from more protection. It is also a learning phase with the elders on how to hunt and knowledge of the territory. When they reach 2 or 2.5 years of age, the cubs are abandoned by the lioness who is preparing a new generation. They then represent potential opponents for the male and are driven out of the territory. But they will only be adults for a few more years. Many of these young lions lose their lives before reaching their sixth year.

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