Lionesses, the protective mothers
Lionesses in a pride often have cubs around the same time as each other. They look after them in a group, known as a ‘crèche’. This helps to keep them safe from predators.
The cubs stay close to their mother for the first few months. They are eventually weaned by the age of six months.
Females tend to stay with their mothers longer than males. Males will typically stay with their mother until they’re two years, while females may stay with their mother in the pride for life.