A FAMILY LIKE NO OTHER
The African Lion has long been a symbol of strength, power, and ferocity.
Forever considered to be the sovereigns of the animal kingdom and masters of the savannah, they are the largest and strongest of the African wild cats, and the only one of its kind that live in families - known as prides.
THE KING OF THE JUNGLE
Ensuring the survival of the strongest and most dominant genes, males tend to leave and establish their own pride by taking another pride of females over from another male.
Each male lion can weigh up to 200kg and consume as much as 40kg of meat in a single meal, or as much as their body can handle. This much dinner takes a lot of digestion and leads to a very sedentary lifestyle, so they pant heavily after they've just had a meal and will sleep for up to 20 hours a day. However, despite this seemingly lazy routine they are quick to uphold their duty to protect the pride from invaders when necessary.
QUEENS OF THE PRIDE
The core of each pride is formed by the females. Female cubs remain in the pride as they grow older which means that all the females in a pride are related to each other. They are the homemakers, the family builders, and largely the providers. It is the females who will do most of the hunting for the pride, a tiring and thankless task that requires skill and teamwork, since much of their prey can out-run them. Once they've succeeded in a kill, it will be the senior males who will eat first.
A lion's life span is usually about 14 years in the wild, and where they used to roam free throughout much of Africa, Europe and Asia, today they are found only in parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.
WHERE'S THE BEST PLACE TO GO TO EXPERIENCE THIS?
If you're looking for the camps where guests provide feedback of some of the greatest, heavy-duty lion action that we get, head to Duba Plains Camp or Mombo Camp, both in the Okavango Delta.