Closeup images of a lion sleeping and nearly dozing off in Gir National Park.
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Lions Being Disturbed from Sleep
Lions are carnivores and the large amounts of protein they consume takes a lot of effort to digest. So the next time you see a lion snoozing, remember that these kings of the “jungle” aren’t just lazing around: they’re breaking down nutrients and storing up energy to dominate the food chain come evening!
Disturbances from somewhere wake up these male lions from sleep and they are wondering who all are making noise at Gir National Park.
Laziness of Lions
Copious amounts of beauty rest (up to 20 hours a day!) is a natural lion behavior that helps this iconic species preserve energy for when they really need it. Lions are crepuscular, meaning they are most active in twilight hours (between sunset and dusk and dawn and sunrise). Conserving energy during the warmer temperatures of the day gives lions an advantage over their prey, which are mainly species less active during the darker, cooler hours that lions thrive in. Additionally, like the majority of cat species, lion eyesight also improves in dimmer lighting.
Here are some male lions sleeping in quite unusual positions at Gir National Park, Gujarat, India.