Watch these big cats walk without their heels ever touching the ground.
Lions are the only cats that are social, living in groups, called a pride. At the park, you can often see them lounging on the top of the rocky overlook or kopje, lying on their backs - just as you’ve seen your own domestic cat do – after all, male lions are known to sleep up to 20 hours a day! In their native range, now mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, the females of the pride do all of the hunting while the male wards off intruders into their pride area. Guests can hear Leo roar in a thunderous manner that can be heard throughout the park. African lions are known to reach an age of over 20 under human care, and from 10-14 years in the wild.
Observe closely as the lions walk around, and you will notice that their heels don’t touch the ground. Another behavior you might witness is a soft rumbling or purring sound, which is how the lions communicate contentment.
Fun Fact: Lion socialization includes head rubbing or nuzzling and social licking. A few of our big cat trainers that raised the lions since they were cubs are often greeted with some large-scale nuzzling and behaviors that revert back when they were small cubs. In turn, they are given milk as a treat.
Conservation Status: Vulnerable. African lion numbers are rapidly decreasing due to disease, habitat loss and human interference.
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Land attraction near Frog Hopper, Safari Jeep Tours, and Monkey Around