You can hear a lion’s roar from up to five miles (8 km) away. While both female and male lions roar, it is typically the male’s roar that is loudest and travels the farthest. Lions roar as a means of communication with other lions. They are the most social of the entire cat species, and the only cats the live in groups. Known as prides, these family units consist of around 15 lions. Roaring is used for a variety of reasons, such as for mother lions to call their cubs home if they are lost, or for lions to warn one another of impending danger or as a signal for help.
More about lions:
- Although the lion is referred to as “the king of the jungle,” it only lives in plains and grasslands and not in jungles—the jungle reference may be due to lions living in Africa, which has jungles.
- Lions are only awake for approximately four hours each day.
- Female lions are the hunters of their prides, while the males stay back and defend their territory; however, the males customarily eat the prey before the females.