What Does a Female Lion Get Called?

A lioness is the name for a female lion. Lions are the only cats where the male and female look different. Lionesses have short, stiff, tan fur, and they don’t have a mane like male lions do.

Prides are groups of three to twenty lions that live together. The pride is made up of several female lions and their cubs, as well as one to four male lions. Most of the hunting and taking care of the cubs is done by the lionesses, while the male lions watch over the territory and protect the pride from strangers. Female lions have litters of three to four cubs at a time, which they raise together, often taking care of each other’s cubs.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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