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Lion Insights

The most social of the big cats, lions live in groups called prides, comprised mostly of females and cubs and only 1-2 adult males.

Typically prides have 6-12 lions, but can sometimes have more than 30 members.

Superior hunters, lionesses inherit the same territories as their mothers while young males roam until they drive out old males from other prides to take over leadership. As lionesses hunt in groups and often at night, you are more likely to see prides as they languidly stretch out in the brush, underneath an acacia tree, or in the shade of a large rock formation. >

Males who reside around savannahs and plains develop large dark manes as they grow older. The lion’s roar, a familiar sound in the park at night, can be heard from over five miles away.

Ruaha Lions