Why do a male Lion called KING OF JUNGLE?


No they are not the exact reasons, there are many animals who specific territories an extra amount of these traits when compared to Lion. Just like elephants, hippos, rhynos….

 A tiger is more powerful than a lion, they are the strongest and heaviest from the big cats family, but still a Tiger is not called a king.

Here are some weight facts for reference:

The Amur or Siberian tiger is the largest subspecies of the Panthera genus, known to weigh up to 360 kg, while large African lions weigh up to 250 kg. Average weight males is 181 kg for African lion, 221.2 kg for Bengal tiger and 230 kg for Siberian tiger.

More detail ref this link: If a Tiger Fought a Lion, Which Animal Would Win?

Here are the reasons why lion in king.

1.Defending their Territories and boundaries.

Lions are social cats, they live in specific territories in a pride( group of lions), a healthy pride consists of 20–30 lions out of them2–3 male lions and 5–10 female lions and rest are cubs.

The Lionesses hunt the prey and feed the family while the male lion guards the territory from other foreign male lions.

2.Protecting their family.

A male lion protects its cubs from outside intruders. In doing so they some times get ripped apart bleeding and starving to death.

3. Their survival instinct.

All the male juvenile lions have to leave their home pride at the age of 2–3 years to find their own. They travel hundreds of miles to invade a foreign territory, to do that they have to defeat that foreign territories protectors (male lions in that pride).


Every male lion has to undergo this gruesome battle i.ethe process of occupying a foreign territory is called the PRIDE TAKEOVER. Once after taking over a pride the first thing they do is to kill all the cubs of the former male lions.

Lions won’t tolerate the bloodline of other ones. The lioness tries to defend their cubs but sometimes they won’t even hesitate to kill the lioness too if it turns against. Yes there is no word called feminism in their world.

5. Forming a new pride

They mate with the females of occupied pride and start raising their cubs. And there comes a new family.

They roam in the nights defending their cubs, roaring and sending signals to other lions that it’s their boundary and they will have to pay the price if it enters in their territory.

The chance of survival for the first 1–2 years of a lions life is all about the destiny and at the mercy of their fathers strength and ability to defend them, either they die in the hands of other foreign male lions or they survive.


And the male lion’s death in the battle of pride take over is one of the brutal deaths in the animal world. They don’t hesitate to give up their lives in protecting their families, just as a king protects his kingdom at the cost of his own life. So a male lion receives a lot of respect in their prime, they are the first one to eat the meal. Male lions rarely hunt, they generally come into the picture while taking down large preys like elephants, giraffes, rhinos,hippos….

So knowing all these no one can disagree with the fact why they are called KING OF JUNGLE.Being king is not all about strength,courage,dominance.

Its more about Protecting their own families.

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