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Lion Behavior


Lions are found in savannas, grasslands and woodlands. Lions spend 16 to 20 hours a day sleeping and resting; they are more active at night, when they go hunting. Females do most of the hunting, often hunting in groups to stalk and ambush prey. Lions hunt antelopes, zebras, giraffes and other herding animals. They will also feed on smaller animals such as hares, birds and reptiles.

The lion is the only social member of the cat (Felidae) family. Lions live in small groups called "prides" made of 20 to 30 members. The home territory of a pride can cover 100 square miles. All females in a pride are related to one another.

Lions have very good sight, a sharp sense of hearing and good sense of smell.