Lioness Facts, Photos & Quotes (What Can You Learn From Them)

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Lioness Facts, Photos & Quotes

A female lion, the lioness, is a symbol of strength and rightfully so. And although lions are much more exposed in our culture, the lioness is the real star. Lioness is a mother, a female, a queen.

If female lions decided to turn on the male lion, he’d be in for a fight for his life.

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What are the personality traits of a lioness?

Lionesses, much like their human counterparts, hold three corners of the house. They have strong maternal instincts but are also skilled hunters.

They are wary of outsiders and do not tolerate outside females and the pride membership changes only with the births and deaths of lionesses.

A group of lions is called a pride and it consists of a few adult males, related females and cubs.

What does a lioness stand for?

The lioness is a magnificent image of strength, passion, and beauty. She stands for a fierce defender of her family and a more than capable provider.

In groups, lionesses become a creative and strategic force to be reckoned with, acting as one to change the world around them.

Lisa Bevere, Lioness Arising

What is the job of a lioness?

Lionesses are the main hunters in the group of lions (pride). They provide food for the male lion and cubs. That is their main responsibility.

The second responsibility is to raise their cubs. Only the current male lion’s cubs are allowed to be in the pride.

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If a new lion beats the previous lion king, he will kill all the small cubs so that lionesses will be able to breed with him. The tragic part is that female lions will let it happen. It is simply nature for them and a fact of life.

Apart from that, lionesses are great, caring mothers and the glue that keeps the pride thriving and together.

Who is more powerful lion or lioness?

The male lion is bigger and heavier and more powerful than a lioness. In a one-on-one fight, an adult and healthy male lion will defeat a female lion.

In the wild, male lions “totally dominate” lionesses. Male lions are known to kill female ones when, for instance, a female lion rejects a call for mating.

Are female lions dominant?

Female lions dominate almost all other animals except their male counterparts. They are big and heavy but at the same time agile. They hunt in packs like wolves and are any wild animal’s worst nightmare.

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Can a lioness grow a mane?

Sometimes, even lionesses, not just lions, can grow a mane. We know that lion’s mane starts growing when they’re one year old and that its color and size are influenced by environmental factors such as average ambient temperature and also that a fuller mane indicates a healthier animal.

There are also some habitats in which male lions do not have a mane. It is speculated that the growth of a mane is tied to testosterone because castrated lions often have little to no mane because the removal of the gonads inhibits testosterone production.

Some lionesses in northern Botswana have grown a mane and it is thought that they may carry a genetic disposition toward the phenomenon. If a lion mother had abnormally high androgens during pregnancy, her female offspring may end up “masculinized”.

Do female lions run the pride?

Lioness Facts, Photos and Quotes
Lioness Facts, Photos and Quotes

Although powerful and capable, lionesses do not run the pride. At least not at first sight. They run the pride from the background – hunting, guarding, and caring for the young.

Although, the male lion is de facto the group’s leader, without the lioness(es), he’d have to hunt and feed himself. A task not so easy, as many defeated lions that are exiled die soon after because they can’t fend for themselves anymore.

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Can a lioness kill a lion?

Lioness Facts, Photos and Quotes
Lioness Facts, Photos and Quotes

In the wild, groups of lionesses do attack lions, typically in defense of their cubs or territory and there have been instances such as this one in an Indianapolis Zoo, where a lioness killed a lion after living together for eight years.

Can a lioness roar?

Both lions and lionesses can roar. Most lion vocalizations are variations of growling, snarling, meowing, and roaring but also purring, puffing, bleating, and humming. Roaring is used to advertise its presence. Lions most often roar at night, and the sound of a roar can be heard from a distance of 5 miles or 8 km. They tend to roar in a very characteristic manner starting with a few deep, long roars that subside into a series of shorter ones.

What makes lionesses better hunters than lions?

Lionesses are around 30% faster than male lions. This is because they are around a foot smaller in size and around 100-200 pounds lighter. They also vastly outnumber lions in a pride. Females will hunt together so they put their prey at a disadvantage.

Why do female lions hunt instead of males?

Lionesses hunt because that’s the social structure of the pride. The male lion is the king and gets to lie around in the bushes for days on end. Lionesses are more agile and better built for hunting.

There’s also more of them in pride and they hunt cooperatively. Each lioness has a role in the hunt and their special position that was honed in through years of training and hunting.

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Also, lion kings have a darker, heavier mane which doesn’t help them blend in with their surroundings (important when hunting) and make them overheat faster.

Lioness spiritual meaning

She epitomizes the goddess and divine feminine energy and has been revered since ancient times as a symbol of fertility, pregnancy, and birth.

Lioness quotes

“When a woman is pregnant she becomes a lioness with the will of a dragon. She becomes a goddess of beauty with the colors of the rainbow. She becomes the mother of new life.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

“A lioness will use all of her strength even when hunting a rabbit.”
― Kazuki Nakashima

“You know, a lioness will protect her cub by baring her teeth, by roaring, using her claws to defend her cub if she feels she has to”
― Steven L. Sheppard

“She is a Lioness. Let her believe in herself!”
― Avijeet Das

Lioness quotes

“I’d rather be a lone lioness, roaring and free, than a caged bird without even a name to call my own.”
― Sherry Jones

“A lioness has got a lot more power than the lion likes to think she has.”
― Jacki Weaver

“A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.”
― Vernon Howard

Lioness Facts, Photos and Quotes
Lioness Facts, Photos and Quotes

“I am now an old lioness, if I see my young ones getting out of order, I’ve got to be able to say to them this is not how lions behave. This is not right.”
― Joanna Lumley

Lioness quotes

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“Sisters, you are each like the lioness at the gate. This means that there has to be some prioritizing. I was taught years ago that when our priorities are out of order, we lose power. If we need power and influence to carry out our mission, then our priorities have to be straight.”
― Julie B. Beck

“He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows.”
― Jeremy Taylor

“Most women defend themselves. It is the female of the species – it is the tigress and lioness in you which tends to defend when attacked.”
― Margaret Thatcher

“I think having wild, huge hair, is me being my own version of a lioness.”
― Jillian Hervey

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Adrian Volenik

I've lived around animals my whole life and I hold a Diploma in Animal Physiology. When I'm not reading or writing about wild animals, health and fitness, and technology, you can find me playing with my son and two cats. My pastimes include running, playing video games, and solving the NY Times crossword.