Lions: Meet the Pride

While other big cats choose to live alone, lions are very sociable animals and live together in a family group called a pride. A pride usually has about 13 lions in it, but there can be as many as 30; mums, dads, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins, all living together. They don’t stay together all of the time together though. 

Often individual lions or small groups spend days away from the pride, particularly when looking for food or water.

Although they can be fierce towards lions they don’t know, pride members are very playful and affectionate together.


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They say hello by rubbing heads and licking; just like we hug and kiss the members of our own family. Male lions rub so hard, they sometimes knock each other over!


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ALERT also works with communities to meet the challenges of living alongside a dangerous predator, whilst conducting research to improve our understanding of the lion’s behaviour in Africa’s ecosystems to better inform decision making.