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There are few assemblies in Nature more impressive than the charge of the African male lion, whose majesty spans across the Savannah and grasslands of the Serengeti. Often weighing in excess of 500 pounds of steel muscle, the male lion has been a symbol of perfect power and grace in many cultures that were fortunate to live within its once vast range.
Here are a few lion facts:
An African lion pride on the Serengeti is a wonderful site to behold, and usually consists of about four lionesses, two male African lions and a bevy of small cubs.
There can be multiple lions in a single pride; but not too many for several reasons. One; they eat too much individually and can devour 4-6 times more meat than the minimum necessary for a lioness daily! Another reason is their natural aggressiveness; which would become terrifying during mating times.
When only a few males are in a pride, they battle for the right to mate when a female comes into estrus, but these battles are almost never serious, because they understand that they are of mutual benefit to one another. They need each other's help to maintain the sanctity of the pride and defend against powerful young upstart lions looking for their own harem of lionesses. Simply put; the male African lions in a pride understand that they cannot afford to get hurt (seriously).
Additionally, since the pride will always have more females than males (at least double), then there will certainly be other chances to mate. Often, the lionesses come into heat around the same time, and a lion can only really handle one at a time anyway.
Lastly, there's probably one more reason why the fights between males in a pride are never vicious; remember, the goal of mating is to pass along genes. Since the males in a pride are often related (brothers or cousins), then even for the lion that loses out in a battle, a portion of his genetic makeup is passed along to the resulting cubs.
On the Serengeti, there are about 3500 lions left, allocated among 35 different prides.
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