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100 Pictures of Lions - Sleeping, Hunting, Roaring, with Cubs, and More!

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Pictures of Lions

Weighing up to 250 kilograms (550 lbs) and standing up to 175 centimeters (5’9”) tall at the shoulders, the lion is the second largest cat after the tiger. Wild lions live in sub-Saharan Africa and a wildlife sanctuary in India. The furry mane of the adult male is the lion’s most distinctive trait. Similar to a peacock’s tail, the size and color of a lion’s mane serves as a signal to other lions about the male’s fitness and fighting ability. Female lions, or lionesses, do not have manes and are somewhat smaller in weight and height than the males. Lions live in groups called prides, which are centered around a group of related lionesses who do most of the hunting for the pride. A tribe usually consists of about five or six lionesses, their cubs, and one or two males. Some lions do not live as part of prides; these lions are nomads and live alone or in pairs.

A lion resting at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Australia

A lion resting at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Australia

Two male lions at the Zürich Zoo

Two male lions at the Zürich Zoo

Lion at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Lion at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Lion in Serengeti region in Africa

Lion in Serengeti region in Africa

A lioness and her cub in the Serengeti

A lioness and her cub in the Serengeti

Portrait of three lions (one female and two males), all resting at morning time. Taken in Masai Mara, southwest Kenya.

Portrait of three lions (one female and two males), all resting at morning time. Taken in Masai Mara, southwest Kenya.

Male and female lion at Krugersdorp Game Reserve in South Africa

Male and female lion at Krugersdorp Game Reserve in South Africa

Standing lion

Standing lion

Lion resting at the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida

Lion resting at the Jacksonville Zoo in Florida

Closeup of a lion in Kenya

Closeup of a lion in Kenya

Two female lions and cub at San Diego Wild Animal Park

Two female lions and cub at San Diego Wild Animal Park

Lioness and cubs at San Diego Wild Animal Park

Lioness and cubs at San Diego Wild Animal Park

A pride of lions in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya

A pride of lions in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya

Lion closeup

Lion closeup

Lions at the Louisville Zoo in Missouri

Lions at the Louisville Zoo in Missouri

Two lions in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Two lions in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Male and female lion

Male and female lion

Lioness and cubs getting a drink in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Lioness and cubs getting a drink in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Lioness at Etosha National Park in Nimibia

Lioness at Etosha National Park in Nimibia

Lioness at Okonjima Lodge, Namibia

Lioness at Okonjima Lodge, Namibia

Male lions at Kavita Lion Lodge, Namibia

Male lions at Kavita Lion Lodge, Namibia

Lioness at Etosha National Park, Namibia

Lioness at Etosha National Park, Namibia

Young male lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Young male lion in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

A pride of lions at Masai Mara National Park in Kenya

A pride of lions at Masai Mara National Park in Kenya

Male and female lions grooming each other

Male and female lions grooming each other

Pictures of Lions Sleeping

Lions sleep more than any other animal in Africa—about 14 hours a day on average, but sometimes up to 20 hours or more! Why do lions spend so much time sleeping? The answer has to do with their physiology and the way they hunt. Lions have a huge amount of muscle to help them accelerate quickly and take down large prey. Having so much muscle generates a lot of metabolic heat, and sleeping helps lions stay cool. Also, the life of a hunter is unpredictable; a lion might eat just once every few days. Lions have large stomachs, and resting a lot makes their infrequent meals last longer.

Lion sleeping at Exotic Animals Park, Dvorec u Borovan, Czech Republic

Lion sleeping at Exotic Animals Park, Dvorec u Borovan, Czech Republic

Lion sleeping at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Lion sleeping at Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Lion and lioness sleeping at the London Zoo

Lion and lioness sleeping at the London Zoo

A lion and a lioness sleeping in the Serengeti

A lion and a lioness sleeping in the Serengeti

Lion sleeping at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Australia

Lion sleeping at the Werribee Open Range Zoo in Australia

Lion sleeping at the San Diego Zoo

Lion sleeping at the San Diego Zoo

Lion sleeping at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle

Lion sleeping at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle

Lion sleeping at the Servion Zoo in Switzerland

Lion sleeping at the Servion Zoo in Switzerland

White lion sleeping at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio

White lion sleeping at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio

Lioness in Zambia

Lioness in Zambia

Lion sleeping at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin

Lion sleeping at the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin

Lion napping at the Zurich Zoo

Lion napping at the Zurich Zoo

Lion in Kenya

Lion in Kenya

Lion resting at the St. Louis Zoo

Lion resting at the St. Louis Zoo

Lioness sleeping at the Chilean National Zoo

Lioness sleeping at the Chilean National Zoo

Lion sleeping at Bali Safari & Marine Park

Lion sleeping at Bali Safari & Marine Park

Lion and lioness napping at the Houston Zoo

Lion and lioness napping at the Houston Zoo

Lioness sleeping at Whipsnade Zoo in England

Lioness sleeping at Whipsnade Zoo in England

Lion sleeping on his back

Lion sleeping on his back

Lion sleeping and covering eyes

Lion sleeping and covering eyes

Pictures of Lion Cubs

The female lion gives birth to a litter of 1-4 cubs in a secluded den, such as a cave or thicket. Cubs are born helpless—they don’t open their eyes until a week after birth, and they don’t walk until they are three weeks old. Cubs are born with brown spots on their bodies that fade as they reach adulthood. To avoid predators, a lioness moves her cubs to a new den every week or two until they are 6-8 weeks old, when she finally rejoins the pride with her cubs. Young cubs face many threats: starvation when older cubs dominate the food supply, attacks by outside males who try to take over a pride, and predators such as leopards, hyenas, jackals, snakes, and eagles. Because of these dangers, about 80% of lion cubs die before the age of two in the wild.

Lion cub at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

Lion cub at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

A white lion cub at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa

A white lion cub at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa

Lion cub at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Lion cub at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

A white lioness and her cubs at the Global White Lion Protection Trust game reserve in Timbavati

A white lioness and her cubs at the Global White Lion Protection Trust game reserve in Timbavati

Lion cubs playing at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

Lion cubs playing at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

Another photo of lion cubs playing at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

Another photo of lion cubs playing at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

Lion cub sleeping at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

Lion cub sleeping at the San Diego Wild Animal Park

A lion cub at the Honolulu Zoo

A lion cub at the Honolulu Zoo

A white lion cub at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa

A white lion cub at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve in South Africa

Two lion cubs sleeping

Two lion cubs sleeping

Lion cub standing on a dirt road in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Lion cub standing on a dirt road in the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Three lion cubs in Kenya

Three lion cubs in Kenya

Lion cub in Serengeti region in Tanzania

Lion cub in Serengeti region in Tanzania

Lion cub at the Zürich Zoo

Lion cub at the Zürich Zoo

Closeup of a lion cub at the Zürich Zoo

Closeup of a lion cub at the Zürich Zoo

A lion cub in Tanzania

A lion cub in Tanzania

A lioness licks one of her newborn cubs at the Aalborg Zoo in Denmark

A lioness licks one of her newborn cubs at the Aalborg Zoo in Denmark

Brother and sister cubs at the Zürich Zoo

Brother and sister cubs at the Zürich Zoo

Three lion cubs playing at the Zürich Zoo

Three lion cubs playing at the Zürich Zoo

Cubs playing in the snow at the Zürich Zoo

Cubs playing in the snow at the Zürich Zoo

Lion cubs at the Hamburg Zoo in Germany

Lion cubs at the Hamburg Zoo in Germany

Lion cub licking his foot

Lion cub licking his foot

Lion cub and older brother at the Zürich Zoo

Lion cub and older brother at the Zürich Zoo

Lion cubs in Zimbabwe

Lion cubs in Zimbabwe

Six and a half month old lion cub at the Zürich Zoo

Six and a half month old lion cub at the Zürich Zoo

Pictures of White Lions

Rather than a distinct subspecies, the white lion is actually a type of lion with a rare genetic condition called leucism. White lions range from blonde to near-white in color, which is caused by a recessive mutation in a gene responsible for fur and skin pigment. Though some do exist in the wild, white lions are most commonly found in captivity, where breeders select for the trait.

White lion at the Bratislava Zoo in Slovakia

White lion at the Bratislava Zoo in Slovakia

White lioness at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio

White lioness at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio

A white lioness

A white lioness

A white lioness at the West Midlands Safari Park in England

A white lioness at the West Midlands Safari Park in England

A white lion resting at the Cincinnati Zoo

A white lion resting at the Cincinnati Zoo

A white lion

A white lion

A pair of white lions at the Cincinnati Zoo

A pair of white lions at the Cincinnati Zoo

A white lion and lioness at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, England

A white lion and lioness at Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, England

A white lion at the Wildlife Ranch in South Africa

A white lion at the Wildlife Ranch in South Africa

A white lion relaxing at the Paradise Wildlife Park in England

A white lion relaxing at the Paradise Wildlife Park in England

A white lion at the Bratislava Zoo in Slovakia

A white lion at the Bratislava Zoo in Slovakia

A white lion resting at the Parc des Felins in France

A white lion resting at the Parc des Felins in France

Closeup of a white lion

Closeup of a white lion

Pictures of Lions Hunting

The lioness typically hunts for the pride while the males stay behind to watch the cubs. Males sometimes assist with unusually large or difficult prey. Because lions can only run short distances before overheating, lions generally work together to stalk and surround their prey from different points. Their preferred prey is wildebeest and zebra, though they are also known to hunt a variety of other animals such as giraffe and buffalo, depending on the region.

Lions hunting in Kenya

Lions hunting in Kenya

Three young lions hunt a buffalo in Tanzania

Three young lions hunt a buffalo in Tanzania

Eight lions stalking a herd of about 100 water buffalo in Okavango Delta, Botswana

Eight lions stalking a herd of about 100 water buffalo in Okavango Delta, Botswana

Lions hunting in Africa

Lions hunting in Africa

Lioness hunting worthogs in the western corridor of the Serengeti

Lioness hunting worthogs in the western corridor of the Serengeti

Lionesses hunting in the Ngorongoro

Lionesses hunting in the Ngorongoro

Pictures of Lions Roaring

Lions are highly territorial animals, and lion prides have been known to inhabit the same area for generations. Lions roar as a way to announce their presence, and their roars can be heard from as far away as 8 kilometers (5 miles).

A lion roaring at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

A lion roaring at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

Lion roaring at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston

Lion roaring at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston

Closeup of a lion roaring at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston

Closeup of a lion roaring at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston

Closeup of a lioness roaring at the Oklahoma City Zoo

Closeup of a lioness roaring at the Oklahoma City Zoo

Lioness roaring at the San Diego Zoo

Lioness roaring at the San Diego Zoo

Lion cub roaring in Tanzania

Lion cub roaring in Tanzania

Pair of lions in West Midlands Safari Park

Pair of lions in West Midlands Safari Park

Lion roaring at the Fort Worth Zoo

Lion roaring at the Fort Worth Zoo

Closeup of a lion roaring at the Houston Zoo

Closeup of a lion roaring at the Houston Zoo

Lioness in South Africa

Lioness in South Africa

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Zaton-Taran from California on June 26, 2017:

Beautiful lion images! If you want to learn more about the Serengeti and Masai Mara prides, come check out my hub - thanks in advance! http://pinstor.us/articles/african-lion-facts-the-...

Dil Vil from India on January 04, 2014:

Great pics, nice to go through this good hub...