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ADVENTURE IN THE WILD. THE AFRICAN BIG 5

1 THE KING OF THE JUNGLE

Mostly refered as the King of the jungle, the African savanna lion is the largest wild cat in Africa and the second. The lion is a social animal that lives in prides of up to 40 individuals. The pride is made up of related females, their cubs, and a few males. The males are responsible for defending the pride's territory from other lions. The females do most of the hunting.

African lions are on the top of the food chain as predators, they are very efficient hunters which the do in well choreographed corroboration with the females doing most of the hard work. The mostly do their killing by a hamstringing.

They hunt a variety of animals, including zebras, antelopes pumbas aka warthogs, buffaloes, wildebeest, hartebeest and other savanna herbivores.

Lions are well-adapted to their savanna habitat. They have thick fur that helps to keep them warm at night and cool during the day. They also have excellent hearing and vision, which helps them to hunt their prey.

African savanna lions are an endangered species. There are only about 20,000 left in the wild. The main threats being encroachment and human- wildlife conflict.

Lions can clock up to 80km/h or 50mph and can leap up to 3 M  high. Its Roar which is a significant sound in the savanna grassland can be heard 8 Km or 5 miles away.

They are such a close knit family such that a nursing female lion can suckle any nursing cub her own cubs age as long as they are from the same pride.

They weigh up to 250 Kg for males and 150 kg for females.

Lions lifespan in the wild is up to 15 years.

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