dark-maned male serengeti lion.
(Photo Courtesy – Nick Nichols)
Serengeti National Park encompasses 5,700 square miles of grassy plains and woodlands near the northern border of Tanzania, and is home to more than 3,500 lions grouped into a couple dozen prides.
a dark-maned male lion defending his interests, confronts the peril of lion-on-lion violence on a daily (and nightly) basis.A male often asserts his prerogatives.
Pride females, united in the cause of rearing a generation, nurse and groom their own and others’ offspring.
Interestingly, often seen is a coalition between two serengeti lion prides, and a volunteer is elected in each pride to maintain vigilance over both. they(volunteers) are frequently seen running between two prides to keep a check.
The lion’s mane has long been an iconic symbol, yet there has been no clear answer as to why lions have manes, or what function they serve. Charles Darwin was the first to suggest that the mane may be a result of sexual selection, meaning that the mane increases reproductive success. The mane may protect a male’s neck during a fight with another male, or it might signal physical condition, allowing males to assess each other’s fighting ability and females to choose superior mates.