An African lion pride.

An African lion pride.

An African lion pride.

Most felids remain quite solitary the in nature. But the lion is the exception. They are very social animals and usually live in groups called “pride”. The average pride consists of around fifteen lions, including several adult females, up to four males. But extremely large pride consisting of up over 30 individuals have been observed.

Not all lions live in a pride. There is also another group with a different social behavior: nomads. Nomad lions range widely and move about sporadically, either singularly or in pairs. Pairs are more frequent among related males who have been excluded from their birth pride. Lions sometimes switch lifestyles: nomads may become a pride member and vice versa.

Asian lions divide themselves into two prides. Male Asiatic lions are solitary or associate with up to three males forming a loose pride. Females associate with up to 12 females forming a stronger pride together with their cubs. Female and male lions usually associate only for a few days during mating season. They rarely travel and feed together, too.

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