is no question that male lions are impressive and majestic
animals. There have however been a lot of misconceptions
about them. This is perhaps due to common facts not being
fully understood in the context of a male lions
relationships with female lions and the pride.
we begin to explore what male lions are like, it is
important to first understand the female lion traits and
roles. The most distinguishing trait of lionesses is that
they do not have manes like male lions do. They also tend to
grow faster than the males.
attributes aren’t the only traits that distinguish lionesses
from male lions. As most of us would already know, they are
the huntresses of the pride. This is one of their most
important tasks. Lionesses take off in groups to hunt for
food for the entire pride while the males stay at home. This
has led some people to conclude that male lions are lazy.
This is not entirely the case though. The females are given
the task of hunting because the male lions have an
entirely different role.
being efficient huntresses, the females of the pride are
typical mothers. They nurture and care for their young. They
also appear to be so family or pride-oriented that they will
allow cubs of other females in the pride to drink their
milk. These close ties among females are likely due to their
close genetic relatedness. Females in a pride are all
mothers, daughters and sisters of each other and they remain
together for the rest of their lives.
male lions in a pride are easily distinguished through their
appearance. Unlike females, they have rich manes. This is
more than just a distinguishing physical trait. It seems
that male lions with bigger manes tend to attract females
more, thereby increasing their chances of being preferred as
male lions tend to be smaller than female lions, they
do eventually reach maturity. When they do become sexually
and physically mature, they are characteristically virile.
They are able to mate for up to a hundred times within 24
hours. Mating is so important to lions that it is one main
reason why they must live in a pride.
course, lions also form prides because they are sociable and
the male lions would likely die if they are unable to
join a pride of their own. Aside from the lack of common
society, male lions that do not belong to a pride may also
die because they become solo targets of other animal
it is true that the females are the ones who hunt, male
lions are not without a role. They are considered the
protectors of the pride and they will step up when there is
a threat to the pride or a challenge to their dominance.
being known for waiting for their meals to be served, male
lions are real fighters. Only the strongest male is allowed
to dominate the pride. Other male lions in the pride
must leave and look for their own pride or be killed. When a
male wishes to be the top cat in the pride, he must fight
the current top male member. If he wins, he is allowed to
dominate and kill the cubs of the defeated male.