Lions are one of the Earth's largest cats, second only to the tiger. A pride is the name of a group for lions and lionesses; it usually has three males and about a dozen females. Lions are social animals who roar to communicate. These great beasts live in the open grasslands and woodlands in sub-Saharan Africa.
Lions guard their territory by chasing off intruders and marking it with urine. The hair around the lions’ neck is called the mane. The mane protects lions during combat.
Lions hunt at night. They hunt antelopes, zebras, young elephants, rhinos, wild dogs, crocodiles, and giraffes. When sharing a meal, the lions eat first, then the lionesses, and lastly, the cubs. Lions can go four to five days without water. They get the liquids they need when they eat meat. Lions have a well-developed digestion system, which lets them eat more.