What are some facts about lions?


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Lions are one of the largest members of the cat family. Because of their unique physical features, lions are known as the "king of beasts."

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Lions are commonly found in many parts of Africa. Most of them are located in grassland areas because the food there is the most plentiful. Lions can also be found in rocky and even semidesert regions.

According to HowStuffWorks, lions are the only cats that are truly social, as they live in groups called prides, which consist of as many as 30 individuals. Most prides only have two or three adult males, five to 10 adult females and quite a few cubs.

Lions are typically known for their roar. A lion roars to announce its territory to the other lions. A lion's roar is a warning to others. A lion can be heard from up to 5 miles away. Lions usually roar at the beginning and end of the day and after hunting. If another pride of lions hears roaring, it will respond with roars.

Lions hunt in packs, and the female lions are typically the hunters. Lions get their prey by circling around a herd and quickly attacking. Contrary to popular belief, lions do not usually hunt. Instead, they scavenge and eat the remains of animals.

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