Lions are one of the highlights of any Uganda Safari. They are impressive to watch. While the lioness is responsible for most of the hunting, the male is still dominant in the pride. Hunting is done in groups and this gives them the opportunity to pursue larger and much dangerous animals like the buffalo and giraffes. Larger prey is then brought back to the pride. The Lions live in prides of around 15 related females and their cubs. The cubs are communally raised. New mothers, however, will live in dens with their cubs for the first few weeks, moving them one by one to a new den every few days to avoid building up a scent which would attract predators.
New males often take over prides and will kill all cubs to ensure the continuity of their bloodline and will mate with each of the females. The male’s distinctive mane plays a role in making it look much bigger and more intimidating to other lions and other rivals.