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Lion Sound Asleep in a Tree Covered with Spikes (Video)

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Tree climbing lion in Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda. Horizontal. Image via Depositphotos.

Discover the fascinating behavior of Uganda’s tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Let’s learn why these lions choose to sleep in trees, a unique adaptation not commonly seen in other lion populations around the world.

Uganda’s Unique Lions

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Male lions are very affectionate. Image via Andrew Shiva / Wikipedia

A remarkable behavior sets the local lion population apart from others across Africa in the savannas of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. Unlike their cousins in other regions who mostly dwell on the ground, these lions are often spotted lounging on branches of large trees.

Why Do These Lions Climb Trees?

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This is the moment a photograph captured a pack of lazy lions choosing to take a nap on the branches of a huge cactus-like tree, the euphorbia tree. (Credit: SWNS)

One of the most fascinating aspects of the lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park is their unusual habit of climbing trees.

This behaviour demonstrates how they have adapted to the park’s surroundings and is not merely a peculiarity. In addition to avoiding insect bites and the heat on the ground, it gives the lions a better vantage point to identify possible prey from a distance.

The Cactus Tree

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Lion stretching. Image provided by Elephants Crossing Lodge. https://elephants.crossinglodges.com/

There’s actually a widespread misperception that these lions are climbing cacti. In reality, these are species such as fig trees or acacia trees with robust structures that can withstand the weight of a lion rather than cactus trees. The rough, prickly bark, which resembles that of a cactus, may be the reason for the look of a “cactus tree.” They thus offer a firm grasp and act as a deterrent to other creatures that might harm the

What Sets Ugandan Lions Apart From Others?

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Tree Climbing lion. Image viaFanny Schertzer, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The tree-climbing lions of Uganda exhibit distinct behaviours and adaptations that distinguish them from other individuals within their species. These lions can be identified not only by their tendency to live in trees but also by their comparatively smaller size and more amiable nature. This is most likely a reaction to their unique way of life and surroundings.

The Video: Lion Sleep in Tree Covered with Spikes

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“Seeing the famous tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda” via @Samanthareid, youtube.

The Role of the Environment

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Cute lion cub up a tree in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Image via Depositphotos

Lastly, the Queen Elizabeth National Park’s ecology is vital to these lions’ survival. The park’s varied ecosystems, which span from savanna to woodland, give lions lots of hunting chances and places to climb. Additionally, this diversity keeps the lions’ diet and shelter in balance.

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