*I have to apoligise, I became sick yesterday. Hopefully I can do something with this*
This celebration of the animal kingdom’s most beautiful and fearsome creature was founded by Big Cat Rescue, the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to big cats. World Lion Day is the brainchild of co-founders Dereck and Beverly Joubert, a husband-and-wife team with a passion for big cats. They began the initiative in 2013, bringing together both National Geographic and the Big Cat Initiative under a single banner to protect the remaining big cats living in the wild.
A Pride is actually the group of Lionesses, not the males.
A group of male lions is called a coalition.
The roar of the male lion can be heard from up to 5 miles away. Their roar is the loudest amongst the big cat species.
Mostly lions hunt at night because of the adaptation skills of their eyes over dark. This gives them huge advantage over the prey.
According to reports, over a century ago there were more than 2,00,000 wild lions living in Africa. Recent surveys estimate that in the last two decades, lion numbers have declined from approximately 30,000 to about 20,000.
World Lion Day is celebrated on August 10 of every year to raise awareness about lions and to mobilise support for their protection and conservation. According to the World Wide Fund for animals (WWF), even though a lion is often referred to as the “king of the jungle,” it actually only lives in grasslands and plains. There is however, The Asiatic lion is a Panthera leo leo population surviving today only in India. Since the turn of the 20th century, its range is restricted to Gir National Park and the surrounding areas in the Indian state of Gujarat. Historically, it inhabited much of the Middle East to northern India
In all honestly, I think I began to love Lions because of talking one from a book, and I’ve just love them ever since. My favourite is Mufasa, but I love them both.
Some Lion Facts:
Five wild lionesses grow a mane and start acting like males
There are thought to be as few as 23,000 lions left in the wild. When you think there are around 415,000 wild African elephants, you realise lion numbers are incredibly low. In fact, lions have disappeared from over 90% of their historical range.
Lions are the second largest big cat species in the world (behind tigers).
Lions are the only known cat species where individuals roar together – with even young cubs joining in with their mews. The calling sequence usually lasts about 40 seconds.
As many…MANY…of you know I am obsessed with the live web feed called Safari Live and there are a whole range of different wild animals that we follow.
Anyways, my favourite animals (on the top there with Elephants and Hyenas) for most of my life has been the Lions/Lionesses. There are several different groups, some of who I may have mentioned before. The Birmingham Boys and the Matimba Males…Don’t mess with the Matimba males!
The Styx female Lionesses, two of them had broken off and one of the Lionesses had given birth to three little cubs. The most nerve wracking for a little cubs time is when they meet Daddy, which is not for a while. The Styx Cubs have finally met their Daddy and not only did he accept them, but someone got all the cutest pictures and I just wanted to share with you all!
If you read my posts you will know how obsessed I am with a particular web live cam feed. Wild Earth Safari with Nat Geo Wild. Press this Link! You will not regret it, I promise!
“WildEarth Safaris return from Djuma Game Reserve and Arathusa Safari Lodge in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. All drives will be shown on Ustream with the exception of the Sunset drives (9 AM- noon ET) during Big Cat Week (Nov 29th – Dec 7th).”
I decided that I would post some pictures today that will show only a little tiny part of why I LOVE this unique experience so much! (Sorry, for my bad formatting)
I would definitely be a Lioness. I have always loved Lions ever since I saw “The Lion King” but I don’t think I’d want to be a male. The females just seem so powerful but yet at the same time they take care of their Prides. They love their families. I have seen many videos of Lionesses going out of their way to save their cubs from dangerous scenarios. Lions are beautiful, no doubt, but there is just something so powerfully beautiful about the females.