The King of the Jungle #2

Let’s lay out some ROARsome facts about these prideful cats!

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How much bigger can these felines grow?

Lions are BIG cats… More accurately, they are the second largest cats in the world! When standing on all four paws, they can reach up to the height of a seven year-old’s shoulder and weigh about 150 to 225kg.

Not only “cubs”

Baby lions have other variations to their name and these include “lionet”, “whelp” and “cubs”.

The lioness sisterhood

Unlike the male lions who are driven away to find their own pride at the age of two, female lions are loyal to their prides and stick with each other for LIFE. Always hunting in a pack, the lioness have amazing teamwork and are able to hunt for bigger-sized animals like buffaloes, zebras and elephants. Talk about girl power!

FUR-ocious moms

Call it the “mother’s instinct”, the lioness hunting habits are driven by the motivation to protect and feed their offsprings at all costs. This is why the female lions are the ones who do the food hunting(as opposed to the males).

Hunter in the dark

No, lions do not hunt at night because they have super vision in the dark, they just lack the stamina. Lions are strategic animals and they do their hunting in darkness, as their targets are more vulnerable. They will not waste their energy on preys that have spotted them too.

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That is all we have for these majestic cats! Remember - it’s animals all the time!

Introducing - The King of the Jungle

Did you know that lions don’t actually live in the jungle?

That’s right! Most lions live in the African Savannah. There are also a small population of lions that live in Asia and India.

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Bet you didn’t know that!

There are so many things we’re going to explore and learn about the magnificent lion. For example… why is the lion called ‘the king’ and what exactly makes it one?

Let’s begin with…. its mane!

Only male lions have a mane. Female lionesses do not have one.

The mane is a very important part of a lion. It’s a symbol of pride for a him.

Lions start growing a mane as soon as they turn a year old and it has many colors to it. Age is a big factor in the color of the mane.

Some lions have really dark ones, and some have lighter manes. Some have huge manes, and some have sparse ones. A lot of research has been done on how a lion gets his mane color and size. Apparently where the lion lives and the temperature of the place plays a huge part.

A lion’s mane is unbelievably heavy and hot. So in countries like Morocco and South Africa, lions have bigger and darker manes.

 And on the contrary, warmer climates cause lions to shed hair fast and furiously, so their manes are lighter and smaller.

The color and size of a lion’s mane also indicates the health status of a lion. Lions with darker and fuller manes indicates a very healthy lion.

Having a beautiful mane makes a lion look bigger too. During fights, the mane is used to frighten the enemy.

Also it is believed that the darker the mane, the more powerful the lion is.

But there’s a slight disadvantage to that -

If a lion is injured or falls ill, the mane changes color. Hair is shed and the lion looses its respect.

However the mane regains back its vitality once the lion recovers and the King rules once again!

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There are so much more secrets to unravel about these beautiful creatures.

So stick around as we promise to bring you more about this Big Cat.

It’s always fun to learn more!

Remember - it’s all animals, all the time!

The Exciting World of a Turtle's Nest!

Today let’s take a closer look at one of the oldest and most ancient reptiles living on our planet.

Turtles!

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These sea creatures are older than snakes and crocodiles and have been on earth since millions of years ago!

Currently, there are about 365 known species alive today. Sadly, they are highly endangered. One of their main struggle is climate change.

Let’s understand why climate change is a threat to sea turtles.

All Turtles lay eggs.

When it is time, they will swim to shore and look for dry, sandy beaches for that perfect spot for their eggs.

Sea Turtles in particular have a good memory. They will return back to the same nesting place they were born, to lay eggs. But with rising sea levels, these beaches are disappearing. Thus the turtles don’t return back to their nesting grounds.

Also since turtles are cold-blooded, the surrounding environment helps to determine its body temperature. This will help the turtle live in its natural habitat more comfortably.

Temperatures of the environment plays a big part in deciding the gender of a turtle egg too. The temperature of the sand in which the egg is buried in, will determine whether the egg develop into a boy or girl. If the temperature is high, a baby girl turtle is formed. And if the temperature is lower, a boy is formed.

Amazing right! But wait… If the nest temperature gets warmer, there will be more baby girls than baby boys. And that creates a breeding problem with the turtles.

Turtles lay roughly about 70-190 eggs into the sand.

Once done, they will quickly cover the eggs with sand. Then, they will leave the eggs to hatch by themselves.

Word for the Day: Baby Turtles are called Hatchlings.

The eggs take about 70-120 days to hatch. And once they have hatched, it’s the survival of the fittest.

The baby turtles will have to wiggle their way out of the sand and rush towards the water. The faster they get to the water the safer they are. There are a lot of predators such as big birds and crabs, waiting to eat them up. Some baby turtles simply go the wrong way and end up getting lost.

Unfortunately, it is said that only 1 in 1000 hatchlings will make it to adulthood.

So what can we do to help these hatchlings reach the sea safely? 

In some countries, beach goers are told not to have beach bonfires during the nesting season. And if they were to see any mummy turtles, they are not to disturb it.

Shinning bright lights at them is also forbidden because hatchlings use the moonlight as a guide to the waters. Seeing other sources of light will make them go the wrong way.

Isn’t it great that such measures are taken so that people know how to handle these hatchlings if they ever encounter one?

How many of you have a pet turtle, tortoise or terrapin? Share the love for these creatures with us. Click a picture of both of you and #AnimalFunFacts.

It’s always fun to learn more!

Remember - it’s all animals, all the time!