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Information about Lions
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Published on March 13, 2009

Author: mrsheatonsclass

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Lions : Lions The Vicious Jungle Overlords By: Emma ROAR! Why did I pick this animal? : Why did I pick this animal? One reason I picked a lion for my project is the interesting things I know about them. One thing I know about lions is that their manes help them survive. Their manes are thick and all that hair protects its neck. I also heard that when a lion comes of age, its father forces it to leave the pride and never come back. These are some reasons I picked a lion to do my project on. DESCRIPTION : DESCRIPTION Description : Description The male lion has a mane. A mane is a colorful with blond, brown, or black hair.  The lions can weigh up to 250 to 300 pounds but, some can be up to 500 pounds The lion's coat is a brownish yellow ADAPTATIONS : ADAPTATIONS Their color helps them blend into their environment. They have sharp teeth that help them bite into tough meat. They have fur that they can grow and shed as the seasons change. HABITAT : HABITAT HABITAT : HABITAT The lion is found in parts of Africa south of the Sahara desert They live in groups called prides  They are nomadic and move where they they can find food and water TEMPERATURE : TEMPERATURE The temperature in their habitat varies from very hot to cool Lions will rest during the heat of the day often by a water source or in the shade  One way lions deal with temperature changes is to grow and shed their fur. Another way the deal with it is to pant like most cat. Less hunting is done during the day, due to the heat. Lions at rest by water WATER : WATER Lions need water to live. Lions are more abundant in open plains where there is permanent water and plenty of grazing, and consequently, plenty of game. Lions rely on water for not only their survival but the survival of their prey. PLANT LIFE : PLANT LIFE The savannah grasslands are spotted with Acacia trees which provide shade and resting locations for lions. Plants also provide food for their prey. If there were no plants there would be no prey for the lions to eat. ANIMAL LIFE : ANIMAL LIFE Some of the animals where lions live include the elephant and the boa constrictor. Baboons can also be found in their habitat Lions are at the top of the food chain and are only in danger from other lions and hunters. SENSORY ORGANS : SENSORY ORGANS SIGHT : SIGHT Lions have very keen eyesight. Lions can also see in color. Lions do not see heat, but only what we see. There keen eyesight helps them see prey far away. SMELL : SMELL Lions have a very good sense of smell. Some say that they can smell fresh meat miles away! Sometimes, lions smell the air to see if food is near by. HEARING : HEARING Like most animals, lions hear with their ears. Lions use their ears to listen to any animals around them. Their ears are important to their survival because it keeps them alert to dangers. TASTE : TASTE Like other animals, lions use their tongue to taste with. Lions aren't very picky about what they eat. Lions use their tongue when they are eating and bathing their young. They will eat both fresh and scavenged meat. TOUCH : TOUCH Lion paws are ruff. This is good because if their paws weren't ruff they would get many injurys on their paws. Often lions use their paws in fights and when walking. They use their sense of touch to get around unfamiliar territory. They use touch to communicate with their cubs. FOOD AND LIFECYCLES : FOOD AND LIFECYCLES LIFE CYCLE : LIFE CYCLE Lion cubs are born blind, in litters of two to four The mother lion keeps her cubs by themselves for the first few weeks, but then introduces them to the pride. Cub mortality is extremely high, with only one in eight surviving to adulthood. The appearance of the mane causes the young males to be driven out of the pride. Females usually stay with the pride for their entire life. Their life span is about 16 years FOOD CHAIN : FOOD CHAIN SUN PLANT ZEBRA LION INTERESTING FACTS : INTERESTING FACTS INTERESTING FACT #1 : INTERESTING FACT #1 Lions are family animals and truly social in their own communities. They usually live in groups of 15 or more animals called prides. Prides can be as small as 3 or as big as 40 animals. INTERESTING FACT #2 : INTERESTING FACT #2 In prides the females do most of the hunting and cub rearing. Usually all the lionesses in the pride are related-mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and sisters. INTERESTING FACT #3 : INTERESTING FACT #3 Many of the females in the pride give birth at about the same time. A cub may nurse other females as well as its mother. INTERESTING FACT #4 : INTERESTING FACT #4 Male lions often kill cubs fathered by other males in order to preserve their own blood line after they take over a pride. RESOURCES : RESOURCES http://www.whereincity.com/india-kids/animals/lion.htmhttp://www.bio.davidson.edu/people/vecase/Behavior/Spring2004/shelburne/habitat.html http://rightinmymouthradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/zebras.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion#White_lions http://www.lionlamb.us/lion/lionfact.html http://www.honoluluzoo.org/lion.htm World Book encyclopedia volume "L" (2001) Slide 27: THE END

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