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Video: How do Lions Communicate?

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Thank you to Kariega Guest, Kristina Trowbridge, for sharing this lion video taken during her African safari experience.

How do Lions Communicate?

Lions communicate in many different ways using sounds like roars, grunts, moans, growls, snarls, purrs, hums, puffs and woofs, as well as body language. Each sound and gesture has a different meaning.

A lions dictionary might read something like this:

  • Hello: Lion hums and puffs to show that he is happy to see you.
  • Come to mommy: Lioness calls for her cubs by grunting very softly, and they call back to show her where they are.
  • Go away: Lion growls, stands up tall, hunches his back and bares his teeth.
  • Don’t do that: Lion or lioness swats the guilty member of the pride with it’s paw.
  • Life in Africa is good: Lions and lionesses purr and lick or gnaw at each other.

What do you think the lioness in this video is saying? Let us know by commenting below or on our Kariega Facebook page.

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If you would like to enter your Kariega safari video into our 2017 Facebook Competition just follow these three simple steps:

  1. Upload your safari video to YouTube
  2. Include Kariega Game Reserve in the title of your video.
  3. Share the video link on our Kariega Facebook page.

Enter before 30 April 2017 and you could win a fully inclusive safari for two people for two nights in Ukhozi Lodge at Kariega Game Reserve.