Lion Around!

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It seems to me that “I’m a lion, hear me roar!” would be slightly more accurate if we changed it to “I’m a lion, hear me snore!” These mighty Kings of the Jungle sure do enjoy their beauty sleep.
Domestic cats are known for spending most of their day lying on the couch, sleeping on the bed and not really getting up to much – and I guess that the same can be said for their mightier, wilder counterpart, the lion. It is estimated that the male lion can spend between 18 and 20 hours of their day snoozing, while the female lion gets between 15 and 18 hours of sleep in one day. The lioness will spend less time sleeping and more time hunting and taking care of her cubs but if you ask me, that’s still a lot of sleeping.

If you watch a lion sleeping, as we often do on our game drives, they’re not really sleeping for a solid 20 hours. It’s more a series of catnaps, stretches and just some good quality rest under the shade. After all, lions need to preserve their energy for hunting; which involves intense chases (which can reach speeds of 80 kph), pouncing (as far as 10 metres), stalking and of course, feasting.

The more sleep the lions get, the greater our chances are of spotting them lazily soaking up the sun or cooling off in the shade. When resting, lions are very affectionate with their close-knit pride, as we often see them touching, head-rubbing, licking and purring amongst themselves. But when it comes to food, it’s definitely a case of ‘every lion for themselves’ – growling and fighting are common with the males taking first share, followed by the females and then the cubs.
It’s an extremely interesting dynamic, as most cat species are commonly known to live a solitary existence. Lions have a social system that very much resembles our traditional family unit, and is based largely on teamwork to ensure the pride is both fed and protected on a daily basis. We can’t wait to take you on an exciting wild African adventure to see these mighty sleepers for yourself!

It seems to me that “I’m a lion, hear me roar!” would be slightly more accurate if we changed it to “I’m a lion, hear me snore!” These mighty Kings of the Jungle sure do enjoy their beauty sleep.
Domestic cats are known for spending most of their day lying on the couch, sleeping on the bed and not really getting up to much – and I guess that the same can be said for their mightier, wilder counterpart, the lion. It is estimated that the male lion can spend between 18 and 20 hours of their day snoozing, while the female lion gets between 15 and 18 hours of sleep in one day. The lioness will spend less time sleeping and more time hunting and taking care of her cubs but if you ask me, that’s still a lot of sleeping.

If you watch a lion sleeping, as we often do on our game drives, they’re not really sleeping for a solid 20 hours. It’s more a series of catnaps, stretches and just some good quality rest under the shade. After all, lions need to preserve their energy for hunting; which involves intense chases (which can reach speeds of 80 kph), pouncing (as far as 10 metres), stalking and of course, feasting.

The more sleep the lions get, the greater our chances are of spotting them lazily soaking up the sun or cooling off in the shade. When resting, lions are very affectionate with their close-knit pride, as we often see them touching, head-rubbing, licking and purring amongst themselves. But when it comes to food, it’s definitely a case of ‘every lion for themselves’ – growling and fighting are common with the males taking first share, followed by the females and then the cubs.
It’s an extremely interesting dynamic, as most cat species are commonly known to live a solitary existence. Lions have a social system that very much resembles our traditional family unit, and is based largely on teamwork to ensure the pride is both fed and protected on a daily basis. We can’t wait to take you on an exciting wild African adventure to see these mighty sleepers for yourself!

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