#WildlifeWednesday: The Sleepy King of the Jungle

Lions drinking water in unison at Kruger. (Photo: Bernhard Bekker)
Lions drinking water in unison at Kruger. (Photo: Bernhard Bekker)
Bernhard Bekker

Cape Town - Get roaring this #WildlifeWednesday with our favourite big cat - the African Lion. Footage courtesy of Siyaya - Come wild with us.

Hailed as the King of the Jungle, the roaring lion is one of SA’s favourite big cats. Although they are only found in national parks, game reserves and zoos, a few have known to escape and roam near cities.

South Africa has a big canned lion hunting industry, which many wildlife groups are trying to ban. As babies they are used for petting by tourists, but many grow up destined for the end of a rifle.

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The lion is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, and the biggest populations can only be found in Africa, with the exception of a park in India that has some of the only remaining Asian lions in the world.

Lionesses tend to do the hunting while the male protects the pride. He has first dibs on the meal though after a hunt.

They love to sleep and doze off around 20 hours a day, and they lack the stamina to keep up with long chases.

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