There are various terms for different stages and types of lions. The baby lions are known as whelps, lionets or cubs. Moreover, She-lion and lioness are the names given to female lions.
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You can hear a lion’s roar from as far as 5 miles (8.05 kilometers) away. However, they cannot growl before the age of two. Roaring is their main way of communication with their species.
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Lions prefer relaxing and lazing around during the day. They rest and sleep for around 16 to 20 hours per day. 80 to 90 percent of hunting is done by the she-lions (females), whereas the males prefer to rest in shady areas. Lions prefer to hunt during the night.
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An adult and healthy lion needs 10 to 15 pounds (4.54 to 6.8 kg) of meat per day. When lions hunt an animal, they eat nearly each part of it – meat, skin, intestines and eyeballs etc.
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Species of Lion
There are eighteen subspecies of lions that you should know about. These are Asiatic lions, American lions, African lions, Mountain Lions, Cave lions, Hybrid lions, Tiglon lions, White lions, North East Congo lions, Katanga lions, Congo lions, South African lions, Masai lions or Serengeti lions, Cape lions, Abyssinian lions, Barbary lions, Somali lions and Kalahari lions.
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Lionesses carry far more responsibilities as compared to male lions. They are much healthier and better hunters than the males. Moreover, they are caring mothers and very protective of their young.
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