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.
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!
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!