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The female African lions who hunt together and kill together also appear to take a noncompetitive approach to mating and taking care of cubs. A lioness on her own, may go into false oestrus if she has cubs and if a new male arrives on the scene. She does this to protect her cubs. Lionesses, female lions, give birth to cubs away from the pride. Typically a lioness will have between one to four cubs in one litter. Since cubs are born.
This makes it natural for them to care for, protect and feed each other's young. In fact, the lionesses in a pride will often nurse other lioness's cubs. It is truly communal care. However, if another lioness has cubs that are more than 3 months older, the lioness with the younger cubs will not rejoin the pride.
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This is because of the communal nature of the nursing-- the older, stronger cubs will take more than their share of milk, causing the younger cubs to starve. This nursing will go on until about eight months of age.
Hunting training The skill of hunting is one every lion must possess. It means the difference between eating and starving. Contrary to popular opinion, lionesses are not the only hunters in the pride, so male cubs must also learn to hunt.
Hunting training begins around three months of age. Although cubs still nurse this young, the lionesses take them to eat after the kill. Protection One of the most important jobs of a lioness is to protect her cubs. The majority of cubs don't live to see their first birthday.
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There are two reasons for this: A coalition is a group of ousted male lions from another pride. Females at Phinda conceived for the first time at 32 — 33 months  with most lionesses having given birth by the time they are four years of age . Females can breed until they are c. A lioness in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park gave birth at 19 years old .
Onset of oestrus is in response to within-pride mechanisms such as oestrus in pridemates as well as loss of cubs from infanticide at pride takeovers  - .
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Lionesses are polyoestrus, oestrus lasting 4 — 7 days with intervals between periods of a few days up to more than a year average They have a post-partum oestrus but do not conceive if the litter survives. If the litter is lost a new one may be produced within four months .
When a litter is raised to maturity the mean litter interval is Courtship Courtship may be initiated by either member of the pair who remain close during the oestrus period. The female usually invites copulation by lordosis. There is little competition amongst pride males during mating.
Instead of fighting to be the first to mate a female in oestrus, a male will follow her around very closely at the first signs of oestrus onset. Other males keep their distance unless there is a clear size difference, in which case a larger male may fight a smaller one.
This works because females have a long oestrus period and copulate many times during that period. Males may lose interest before the end of an oestrus period, giving patient males a chance. Also, due to the common synchrony of reproduction there is often more than one female in heat at any one time.
A lioness mates up to times per day with an average interval of 17 minutes range 4 —each mating lasting for c. During the periods between copulation the pair may lie down next to each other or walk a short distance. The male may gently stroke the female with his tongue on the shoulder, neck or back to initiate copulation. Towards the end of copulation the male may gently bite the back of her neck.
During copulation the female may purr loudly. Male cats have spines on their penis to cause slight trauma to the vagina upon withdrawal.