Learn About Lions in the Wild
Q:Why do male lions have manes? No other species of large or small cats have these?
The mane has many hypothetical purposes and some reasonable explanations. It is supposed to make the male lion look bigger to an adversary and therefore more intimidating. It is supposed to protect the male lion from being bitten and clawed by other male lions. Some researchers have proposed it is a handicap in hot climates and therefore the male lions in Tsavo, Kenya are “maneless”. The real answer is that nobody really knows.
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