google_color_link = "E1771E"; Still, we can avoid and also survive attacks by lions. But several factors may explain why the attack over the weekend occurred, experts say. Hybrids are still bred in private menageries and in zoos in China. Lions are the most dangerous to humans when they are protecting something, such as a carcass that they have killed for food. Typically, males will not tolerate outside males, and females will not tolerate outside females. The only social cat : Lions are predatory carnivores who live in large, social family groups, called prides. Try and recreate in the middle of the day. Gorge then sleep: Lions hunt many animals, including antelope and other hoofed animals, reptiles, baby elephants or rhinos, insects, rodents, crocodiles and even huge animals like buffalo and giraffes! google_color_bg = "FFFFFF"; The  male lion can move long  distances looking for food and will not hesitate to kill any other animals which comes into its territory as most animals you name it; bears, tigers, elephants, monkeys, gorillas, hippos and even to the smallest scorpion and the African Safari ants are very territorial just as the lions. Therefore most sub-Saharan lions could be considered a single subspecies Panthera leo leo. The less common tigon is a cross between the lioness and the male tiger. Lionfish: Beautiful and Dangerous Invaders. In 1980, there were 76,000 lions in Africa. google_ad_type = "text_image"; Social bonds are strengthened through grooming as well. google_ad_type = "text_image"; At the moment, with an increase in animal rights and animal protection you find that where these lions have been bred in captivity, the lions lifespan has had a better chance of survival as there is always nourishment and constant observation from any ailment and other discomfort. Facial expressions can represent a variety of meanings, threats, greetings and can easily be accompanied by growling, snarling, hissing and other more obvious sounds. //-->. The liger is a cross between a male lion and a tigress. The male lion is the one which heads the lion pride and take the lions share while all the female lions go hunting with some growing up male lions too while not all the female take part in hunting and feeding the young lion cubs.