Among the big five wildlife species, Lion stands out to be one of the prominent members. Big Five Wildlife species came about back in the early years of the 20th Century. These are wildlife that were hard to hunt or became a threat to hunters.
So let’s understand the African Lion in depth. There are different species of African Lions that were there, and some are extinct and others are under protected areas. The Northern African Lion, East, and Central African Savannah Lion, and the Southern African Lions. Their distinct differences are their sizes and the mane formations.
On average an African lion needs to consume 5-7 kg of meat for each day they are alive and healthy.
Lions can make a variety of sounds/voices to communicate which include roars, grunts, moans, growls, snarls, meows, purrs, hums, puffs, and woofs.
Lions hunt depending on the hunger it’s facing. They hunt big prey such as giraffes in prides in order to sustain themselves for long. They prey on buffalos, Topis, Wildebeests, Zebras, Antelopes, Warthogs, and many more.
A Lion can run at speed of 80km/hr.
Prey is often killed by strangulation, and not their sharp teeth.
A lion’s tongue is as rough as sandpaper. It is covered in tiny spines, called papillae, which face backwards and are used to scrape meat from bones and dirt from fur. These spines make the tongue so rough that if a lion licked the back of your hand only a few times, you would be left without any skin!
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