By: Nicholas B.
Male and female cubs are born in equal numbers, but by the time they age to adulthood, females outnumber males 3-to1. All lion cubs have high mortality rates, but when male cubs reach their sexual maturity, they are kicked out of the pride. The young males often form small groups and roam the countryside, putting them in contact with humans and other prides, who often kill trespassers. A few surviving males that manage to become head of a pride, are then targets of big game hunters.(Read more…)