Lioness With A Mane In Botswana

Male lions are famously recognized by their impressive manes

Panthera leo

Scientific name

Their manes serve both to attract potential mates and defend their territory through thunderous roars

Savannas and grasslands of Africa


In stark contrast, female lions typically lack these distinguishing manes and are less vocal

Up to 15 years in the wild, up to 25 years in captivity


However, nature occasionally surprises us by blurring these boundaries between male and female.

Carnivorous, preying on large herbivores such as zebras, wildebeests, and buffalo


Until recently, reports of maned lionesses were scarce and mostly anecdotal

While we knew of their existence, we had little insight into their behavior.

Mmamaoriri stood out due to her underdeveloped mane and larger size compared to other females, she also exhibited male bahaviours.

There is still more to learn about these incredible creatures!

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