3 Males Lion Joint Meting Together

3 Males Lion Joint Meting Together


Lions have a polygynous mating system, meaning that a male lion can mate with a number of lionesses. They breed throughout the year with the peak period, occurring during the rainy season. The gestation period lasts from 110 to 119 days, yielding 3-6 cubs on average. 

The female gives birth in a hidden, solitary nursery. Reaching the age of 4-6 weeks, the cubs join the pride. 


Usually, all females of the pride feed and care for the young; when a mother female leaves the pride to hunt, another lactating female will feed her cubs. Weaning occurs at the age of 6-7 months, though the cubs typically stay close to their mother during the first two years of their lives. Males become reproductively mature at 5 years old while females reach maturity earlier, at 2.5-3 years of age.



Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR - Polygyny

REPRODUCTION SEASON - year-round, peak during the rainy season

PREGNANCY DURATION - 110-119 days

BABY CARRYING - 3-6 cubs

INDEPENDENT AGE - 2 years

FEMALE NAME - lioness

MALE NAME - lion

BABY NAME - cub

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