The Ultimate Lion Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

Lions of which continent were once abundant and are now dwindling in numbers?

The lions of Asia were once found in large numbers there, but today only a few hundred survive.

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Why do lions often live in grassland areas?

That's where game is most plentiful and, boy, do those lions like game!

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How do Indian and African lions differ in appearance?

The Indian lions are smaller than the African ones and their manes are smaller, too.

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What is the average lifespan of a lion in the wild?

They usually live between 15 and 20 years in the wild, but longer in captivity.

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How are lions and domestic cats similar in the way they walk?

Interestingly, lions and domestic cats both walk on their toes, not on the soles of their feet.

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Which other wild cat has a mane, aside from the lion?

No other wild cat has a mane, only the lion.

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What is the name for the social group that lions live with?

It's called a pride and sometimes as many as 30 lions live in one pride.

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How do lions mark their territorial region?

They behave similarly to dogs. They urinate on certain trees and bushes to stake out their territory.

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What factor determines the territory that a pride chooses?

A pride will choose its territory based on the availability of prey and water.

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Which lions are responsible for defense and hunting?

Each gender has its role. The males are in charge of defense, while the lionesses are in charge of hunting.

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What do lions prey?

Lions go for zebra and buffalo. They don’t usually prey on gazelles or impala, for they're probably too agile to catch.

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When do lions usually hunt?

Most of their hunting takes place at night. Their keen sense of smell makes up for their reduced visibility at night.

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Why do lions swallow huge meat chunks whole without chewing?

Lions' teeth are simply not designed for chewing. They're better designed for tearing, so lions tear off huge pieces of meat and eat them as they are, neat.

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When cubs are born, they are often:

They are often spotted and sometimes striped. They lose their spots only a year later.

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What do lionesses do with their cubs at about six weeks of age?

This is the time that they give them their first taste of meat by leading them to a fresh kill.

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Do cubs merely play for fun?

Their play is an important part of the acquisition of hunting and defense skills.

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Do lions stay with their pride all their lives?

Females stay with the pride for life, but males eventually move on or are driven away by younger lions.

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What did the lion's body symbolize in ancient Egypt?

It symbolized power, virtue and wisdom.

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Symbolizing courage, the image of the lion is used in heraldry. What country has had this symbol for centuries?

England has used the symbol of the lion in heraldry since the Middle Ages.

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Which ancient structure has the lion as its inspiration?

It's the Sphinx, a lion-like structure of ancient Egypt.

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Why is the lion known as the king of beasts? How big are they and what do they eat to stay that way? Can you really hear a lion's roar miles away? Take this quiz and learn a lion's share of answers.

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