Why do lions have fur?



  • Lions belong to the kingdom Animalia and phylum Chordata.
  • Lions come under the class Mammalia and order Carnivora.
  • The lion is sometime also called as Panthera leo.
  • Lion are found to be native of India and Africa.
  • Lion can be differentiated from other animals through their external characteristic features such as muscular and deep chested body, short rounded head along with round ears and a hairy tuft at the end of its tail.
  • Lions are said to form a group of their own called as “Pride”.
  • Lions are said to be Generalist Hyper-carnivore in diet. Their major diet includes carnivorous type of diet with the ability to survive by majority of diet.
  • Lions are said to be apex predators with almost negligible danger from other animals. However, lions have a great danger from other lions or from violent attacks done by humankind.

Why do lions have fur?

  • Lions are a type of mammalian animals.
  • Mammals are known to be covered in hair for many purposes such as protection, thermoregulation, camouflage, sensory purpose etc.
  • Among all type of animals, many animals are known to be covered in the outer coating if hair.
  • Human beings have thin hair on their body as compared to lions.
  • The main reason for the lions to be covered in hair is to keep them warm.
  • There are a special type of hairs present on the male lion known as mane. 
  • The use of mane is said to protect the lion, and it’s neck during fight. The thickness n length of mane also shows off the fighting ability of lion.
  • Female lions are said to have a bush of hair at the end of their tail.
  • This is used to give instructions to the cube and to communicate to others during war.

Fun Facts:

  1. Lions can live a wide range of habitat, hence to survive in dry conditions, they can drink water from their prey or even from some specified plants.
  2. Lions are known to eat about a quarter of meal with respect to their weight.
  3. Lions are very endangered species, there are only few number of lion left on the Earth.

Related Questions:

  1. What is the habitat of lion in the wild?
  2. What are the uses of lion, and it’s product with respect to human being?
  3. Why does lion have sharp teeth?

True or False:

  1. Lion belongs to the kingdom Animalia.
  2. Lion is the type of herbivorous type of animal.
  3. Lion can only survive in one type of habitat.
  4. Lions are said to be secondary type of predator.
  5. Lions have no hair on their body.

Objective Quiz:

  1. Lion is native to _______.
    1. Africa.
    2. India.
    3. America.
    4. Russia.
  2. Lions are known to have ________.
    1. Short rounded head.
    2. Long rounded head.
    3. Short flattened head.
    4. Long flattened head.
  3. The group of lions is said to be a _____.
    1. Pride.
    2. Cube.
    3. Group.
    4. Apex.
  4. Lions are said to be _______ type of predator.
    1. Apex.
    2. Primary.
    3. Secondary.
    4. All of the above.
  5. The hair present on the male lion is said to be _____.
    1. Mane.
    2. Kane.
    3. Mone.
    4. Mole.

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