Lions live in co-operative social groups, working together to hunt, fight, survive and raise their young. Their social interactions are complex and every lion in the group has a responsibility. Males play dominant roles to protect their group while females team up to raise their cubs to survive. These cats are the second most abundant predator on the African plains after their fabled enemy, the spotted hyena. These laughing carnivores even attack vulnerable cubs, so the adults do not tolerate their presence.
Lions have evolved to live in groups to take on the tough conditions they face every day. A lion pack is unstoppable, and when working together they can take down prey that outweighs them. As well as being fearsome hunters, they spend time bonging in the pride and build life-long relationships. Females especially nuzzle and groom one another to maintain their family ties and trust one another with their cubs.
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