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Lions are the biggest, and most social, of the African cats, living communally in prides. Pride leadership often shifts between several individual animals – male and female – but the social structure of the pride hinges around the bond between related lionesses, who collaborate in all tasks, from raising cubs to hunting. Male lions come and go – often in spectacular battles over territory or individual dominance – but the pride cohesion remains unaffected, firmly under female control.

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