The lion is one of the most distinctive and recognizable animals on the planet.
It also has one of the loudest roars, reaching levels of 140db.
You can hear the roar of a lion from five miles away! So why do they roar?
Reasons Why Lions Roar
The reason lions roar comes down to a few factors: Communication, protecting territory, and dominance (when males roar it can be to protect their group from outside males).
Male lions use roars as a means of communication with each other.
Within a pride (a group of lions), they will often roar together at the same time.
They also roar when they find themselves separated from the rest of the pride or if another male enters their territory or even sometimes during a hunt with other members of the pride.
The male lions work together to protect their territory and group against outside threats which is why they will often roar at the sight or sound of another male animal in their vicinity.
Male lions also use roaring as a means of asserting dominance over each other.
Dominance fights can be common within a pride, with males trying to impress females and get the upper hand over other males.
By roaring, they can intimidate males from within their own pride or try to scare off any potential threats outside of it.
This is why male lions roar when another one enters their territory—it shows who’s boss!
The female lions are less vocal but do sometimes make noises during a hunt.
They also roar to help locate cubs that may be hiding.
People often mistakenly believe that when a lion roars, these creatures are distressed or injured.
In reality, male lions can already be heard roaring from miles away—it’s not as if they’re right next to you!
The reasons why they roar include trying to locate cubs, protecting their territory, and communicating with other lions.
If you are lucky enough to hear a lion roar for yourself, it is an incredible experience.
The pride members will often be heard roaring at the same time with the males being the loudest!
Can you imagine having this noise come from just over the hill? A truly unbelievable sound!
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