Who Is The King Of The Jungle? Interesting Facts For Kids

Supriya Jain
Sep 01, 2023 By Supriya Jain
Originally Published on Nov 15, 2021
Edited by Sarah Nyamekye
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Animal fiction has been a great part of childhood where we learn different stories of animals in the jungle but the one animal that every kid knows by heart goes by the moniker of the king of the jungle.

Forest ecosystems around the world are quite an important part of the Earth's biodiversity, accounting for over 30% of the total land area.

Predators like tigers, reticulated pythons, and Asian wild dogs are found in the jungle, as are herbivores like forest antelopes, tapirs, and Sumatran rhinos; birds like hornbills, toucans, and macaws; and aquatic species like piranhas, crocodiles, and green anaconda too.

Of all these animals, one animal enjoys a special position in the jungle hierarchy. That majestic beast is none other than the lion, also called the king of the jungle!

The lion is one of the most powerful creatures in its environment. Other predators, such as leopards, cheetahs, and hyenas, can try but are no competition for the powerful lion, which can decapitate a hyena with a single paw strike. Lions are found to have a natural athletic ability.

Lions can run at speeds of 50 mph (80 kph). They can even leap up to 36 ft (11 m) despite weighing up to 550 lb (250 kg).

Any human may be crippled by a single hit from its massive paw or even die. There is no way in which a human can be a match for a lion without a very strong weapon in hand. The lion's strengths are muscle mass, speed, as well as agility.

A single adult lion has the strength of at least six people. Their populations are decreasing; there exist only 674 lions in India, as per statistics from 2020.

 

Who is the king of the jungle?

The magnificent lion, with its gorgeous, gushing mane, is appropriately dubbed the king of the jungle.

Lions are emblems of power and bravery and have been revered for these qualities throughout history. They're also found to be frequent royal emblems. Lions are symbols of bravery, confidence, and power. Lions have absolutely no fear of other animals, yet they have adversaries, much like a king.

Earlier, the lion was the national animal of India, until it was replaced by the Bengal tiger as part of a conservation campaign. One of the five pantherine cats in India is the lion.

Lions have always been one of the most iconic creatures, and for a justifiable reason: lions represent bravery, strength, and authority more than any other animal in the African wild. Lions are perhaps the most gregarious of the large cats.

They thrive in pride, which is generally made up of connected females and their cubs. The lion is the second biggest large cat, just marginally smaller than the Siberian tiger.

It has a powerful, deep-chested physique, a short, spherical head, rounded ears, and a hairy tuft at the tip of its tail. Even though male lions are considered the king of the jungle, they do not reside in the forest in Africa.

Rather, the grasslands and plains of Africa are their common principal habitats. The wide-open savannas of Tanzania have been home to three of the world's five greatest lion species for the longest time.

Why is the lion considered the king of the jungle?

Why is the lion regarded as the king of the jungle? The subject may look frivolous and absurd because humans simply crowned a lion the king of the wilderness.

Although it is a species of tiger that is the largest of all cats in the world, the tiger wasn't selected for the status of 'king.' What makes a lion so distinctive or special?

The lion is a magnificent and respectable animal. The male lion is the animal known as the king of the Jungle, not because it is the strongest, but rather because it possesses kingship and leadership qualities that tigers have not. But even so, research has proven that tigers can be more powerful than lions.

Because tigers are the largest of the cat family, they are also the most ferocious and strong. So, what royal abilities does the lion have that tigers do not?

A king must be mighty: for centuries, one of the most important traits of a king was strength which means a king must be physically and tactically strong. And everybody would recognize that the lion is a highly strong beast.

A king ought to have the ability to lead: as the leader of his territory, the lion manages the affairs of the clan, including strategic decision-making as well as foraging. When there is a lack of food, the lion gives the order to hunt.

The lion may seldom go hunting, although he issues the lionesses and the more submissive males to go hunting and retrieve food. The tiger, on the other hand, is a lonely animal that does hunt independently; it has no one to lead.

The lion is the guardian of his domain: just as it is the role of a monarch to provide safety and protection for his society, it is the responsibility of the lion to safeguard its territory against invaders. Because the tiger is a solitary predator, he has none to defend.

Mating responsibilities: it is the lion's responsibility to survive and reproduce with the lioness and bear progeny (cubs) so the pride can grow.

The act of being dethroned and enthroned: it is quite common that the lion, much like the king would be dethroned and substituted if he ceases to carry out his responsibilities efficiently.

Lion in National Park of Kenya

Some Crazy Myths About the king Of The Jungle - Lion

Lion King does not exist

No Mufasa or Simba is in charge of all the other lions (or any other African animals), as Disney classics would have you believe. Lions are not kings or queens but live in an egalitarian society without hierarchy.

Lion walk is not good for conservation

A lion walk is completely unnatural for young lions - they don't learn life skills. Though it looks fun, when they're a little older, they'll be traded back to Lion Farm for a younger model. So anyone offering a lion walk is for tourists' money.

Lions do not live in the jungle

The lion has earned the famous title of "King of the Jungle". Surprisingly, the title is misleading, as lions don't actually live in jungles. Their habits include bushes, grasslands, savannas, and rocky hills, but no jungle.

Lion and lioness divide the labor

The common assumption is that the lioness does all the hunting. However, new evidence suggests that this is not entirely true. The main job of the lioness is hunting and the lion guards the territory. However, the lion can also hunt for itself. Not only that, but research shows that the success rates are about the same for both.

African Lions can go extinct

There is a rapidly growing industry that has increased the value of lion bones. South African canned lion farmers are selling precious lion bones to the East. They boil the bones and, the concoction is added to rice wine popular in the Chinese market, and it is further compressed into tiger bone cake which is highly favored in Vietnam.

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http://www.cannedlion.org/myth-busters.html

https://www.bbcearth.com/news/king-of-the-jungle-and-other-lion-myths

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Written by Supriya Jain

Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

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Supriya JainBachelor of Commerce, Master of Business Administration specializing in Marketing

As a skilled member of the Kidadl team, Shruti brings extensive experience and expertise in professional content writing. With a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Punjab University and an MBA in Business Administration from IMT Nagpur, Shruti has worked in diverse roles such as sales intern, content writer, executive trainee, and business development consultant. Her exceptional writing skills cover a wide range of areas, including SOP, SEO, B2B/B2C, and academic content.

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