A lone male lion rarely makes it on his own. To survive—and to father cubs—a male needs an ally, one that will help him take over a pride and hold it long enough to father cubs and protect them into adulthood. Coalitions, as these alliances are called, can consist of several lions and may become powerful enough to control more than one pride. The relationship between the males in a coalition is intense and may last a lion’s lifetime.
By Michael Nichols
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