Male lion roaring at Kariega

Jone Haesslich

We really love this video of a male lion taken at Kariega Game Reserve South Africa and uploaded onto Youtube by one of our guests. Male lions are very protective over their territories and they use a variety of methods to mark their territory and ward off other predators. Males will often chase off any unwanted intruders, and scent their territory with urine. The most well known method is of course the mighty lion roar which can be heard at distances of up to 8 km (5 miles)! Not surprisingly, this is the loudest roar of any cat species. Most often occuring at night, lion roaring usually begins with deep and longer roars, and ends in shorter growling-type noises.

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