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World Lion Day: 10 facts about lions


Fact #1

Lion sleep average 15 to 20 hours per day. Male lions sleep thereby longer than their female conspecifics. 


© FOUR PAWS | Monika Girardi

Fact #2

A lion can roar as loud as 114 decibel and can be heard from almost 8 km away. In comparison, an airplane reaches around 140 decibel. 

© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Fact #3

Lions are the most social of all big cats. 

© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Fact #4

Lions live in prides. The average size is 4 to 8 individuals. Depnding on the region, however, prides can be much larger consisting of up to 40 individual animals. 


© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Fact #5

Female lions are the main hunters in their prides. Nevertheless, males also hunt. In LIONSROCK, however, lions do not hunt. Since, they have been raised under human control in zoos, circuses and private ownership, many of their natural instincts have been lost. So, they are depending on human help to survive. 

© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Fact #6

The mane of a male lion turns darker with time. So does the nose of both sexes. In LIONSROCK beautiful Mario is living for several years. His mane gets darker and darker each year he stays with us. 

© FOUR PAWS | Monika Girardi

Fact #7

Lions run at a speed of up to 80 km per hour. 

© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Fact #8

Since Walt Disney's "Lionking" the name "Simba" is wedded with lions. What many people don't know: Simba means lion in Swahli. Our beautiful lion Simba you find on the picture below. 

© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Fact #9

Related female lions within a pride often reproduce at the same time and cross-suckle their cubs. In our sanctuaries, though, no animals can reproduce since we are against breeding of wild animals in captivity. 

© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Fact #10

The only real predator of lions is man. Lions face many man-made threaths, such as habitat loss, prey depletion and trophy hunting.


Since we are fighting the brutal business of lion trophy hunting in South Africa, we are more than pleased if you could sign our petition if you agree that trophy hunting shall finally end: