In Chinese/East Asian culture, the Tiger - not the Lion- is considered the King of all Animals. This is so because it is the biggest land-predator in East Asia, and- more importantly- the markings on its forehead resemble the Chinese character for King/Monarch: "ηŽ‹." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…
Producer Jeffrey Katzenberg revived Walt Disney Studios by many of their biggest hits: The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin. After these he requested a promotion, and was then abruptly fired by them. He then swore revenge against Disney and founded Dreamworks. hollywoodreporter.com/fea…
Today I learned about the two-week long lion-hyena war over disputed territory in Ethiopia during 1999, where lions killed 35 hyenas and hyenas managed to kill six lions, with the lions eventually taking over the territory. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/afric…
In 1999 there was a week long fight between lions and hyenas in Ethiopia, that led to the deaths of 6 lions and 30 hyenas, with the military being called in. deseret.com/platform/amp/…
, in the 1700's you could get admission to the London Zoo by bringing a dog or cat to feed to the lions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
Today I learned about the Chinese poem "Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den," or "ShΔ« shΓ¬ shΓ­ shΔ« shǐ." The poem is solely composed of "shi" 92 times, but pronounced with different tones. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
A cougar has over 80 different names including: mountain lion, panther and puma! animals.howstuffworks.com…
Today I learned of Frasier the Sensuous Lion. He was an 18 y.o. lion (human equivalent of 80) who was adopted by a pride of females at an animal park. He was blind, had no teeth, and could barely walk, but ended up siring 35 cubs. kimcampion.com/miscellane…
The USA spent $14mill researching marine mammals as weapons in 2017 (e.g. dolphins and sea lions) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The lion population in India, the only one outside of the Sahara, has increased 30% since 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asi…
The Zulu part at the beginning of Circle of Life basically means "here comes a lion; yup, it's a lion" insider.com/circle-of-lif…
Because mountain lions usually wander the wilderness alone, scent scraping sometimes isn’t enough to locate each other for mating. A female mountain lion will ascend to a high elevation and call to a male by caterwauling, a loud blood-curdling screeching cry that can be heard up to 5 miles away. blog.nationalgeographic.o…
The marble lions outside the New York Public Library were named Patience and Fortitude by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia during the Great Depression nypl.org/help/about-nypl/…
Jason Weaver, who supplied young Simba’s singing voice in the Lion King (1994), turned down a $2 million upfront payment and instead negotiated with Disney for $100k + royalties (thanks to his mom). Royalties have netted him well over $2 million since. youtu.be/cadGzQvnBHg
Lions are a species that mate very often through the course of four days, resulting in an average of 50 copulations per day. britannica.com/animal/lio…
Bears do NOT snarl/growl like they do in movies tv, commercials. They are depicted snarling, lips back, wide mouth. The bears doing this are not making sound, but simply opening their mouths as a trained behaviour. The sounds are added later, and are usually other animals such as wolves or lions bear.org/training-bears/
One of the singers of Africa by the band Toto was also the singing voice of adult Simba in The Lion King. And he is the son of composer John Williams en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
Oilman Charles Hipp owned a beloved pet lion named Blondie in the 50s. He even tried to register her in a children's fishing tournament one year. texasescapes.com/MikeCoxT…
Kenya's Samburu National Reserve is the only place on earth where lions live alone - not in prides - and coexist with villagers because of the harsh desert environment. The lionesses here are such badass moms they teach their 3-month old cubs to take down an antelope. nationalgeographic.com/an…
The Dorobo tribe of Kenya steal fresh meat from the mouths of lions. The method is thousands of years old; they find a pride that has had a fresh kill during daytime, then walk up to them while they’re feeding and cut off some meat. The lions are too startled to react and usually run away. youtube.com/watch?v=y3MTD…
Freshwater snails kill more humans per year than do elephants, crocodiles, sharks, lions, wolves and hippos combined worldatlas.com/articles/t…
A suspected rhino poacher who illegally entered a national park in South Africa was trampled to death by an elephant then eaten by a pride of lions. His accomplices told the man's family they moved his body to a road & left the park. Park rangers said lions left only the man's skull & trousers. npr.org/2019/04/07/710840…
The Lion King musical stage performance has made over 8.2 BILLION dollars worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Bert Lahr's "Cowardly Lion" costume in The Wizard of Oz was made from real lion skin bonhams.com/auctions/2219…
The mountain lions originally found throughout North America were completely wiped out by the arrival of humans some 10,000 years ago. The mountain lions seen since then are actually descendants of South American mountain lions that moved north and recolonized the continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
In 2001, a baby bear, lion, and tiger were rescued from a drug dealers house in Atlanta. They had bonded as a trio and remained friends for over 15 years. Usually as animals grow older, they grow apart from other species, but these three remained close and even lived in the same habitat. huffpost.com/entry/bear-l…
Infamous NSDAP Member Herman GΓΆring kept Lions in his house like a Nazi Tiger King youtu.be/gzDK4RVfARs
The last words of Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion, were: "I'm begging you, let me work!", spoken to a nurse who had tried to take away his drawing equipment. He died of stomach cancer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osa…
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini had a pet lion commons.wikimedia.org/wik…
President Calvin Coolidge owned two lion cubs, named Tax Reduction and Budget Bureau. lockerroom.johnlocke.org/…
Tippi Hedren, the star in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) is now 90 years old and still lives with lions and tigers after she began rescuing them in the early 1970s, according to her granddaughter, actress Dakota Johnson today.com/popculture/dako…
Spotted Hyenas have a bite force of about 1,000 lbs per square inch. That is enough to bite through bone. Hyenas are also known to hunt lions and have been photographed with full animal heads (including a lions) in their mouth. stillunfold.com/animal/hy…
Dragonflies are among nature's most efficient predators, capturing 95% of their intended prey. By comparison, sharks and lions capture only 50% and 25%, respectively, of the prey animals they pursue. dragonflywebsite.com/drag…
, cheetah unlike the other big cats have claws like dogs which isn't fully retractable. Their feet structure is maximized for speedy chases on prey, leopard & lion can't achieve. ypte.org.uk/factsheets/ch…
Today I learned about a group of 6 adult male lions that formed a coalition and took over 7,000 acres of land, killed over 100 other lions, and practiced cannabalism for over 16 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Map…
Even a gentle human voice is enough to make apex predators such as mountain lions flee in terror theatlantic.com/amp/artic…
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a cover of a 1939 South African song called "Mbube," recorded in Zulu by Soloman Linda & the Evening Birds. The original is now public domain, but "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," with additional lyrics in English ("In the jungle, the mighty jungle...") is under copyright. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Ants eat more meat than lions, tigers and wolves combined time.com/3955673/ant-man-…
John Henry Patterson, the engineer famous for killing the Tsavo lions was, while Protestant, the leader of the first all Jewish military unit in WWI and is a celebrated person in Israel today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The National animal of the Czech Republic is a double tailed Lion worldatlas.com/webimage/c…
Lions still live in their natural habitat in India. There are an estimated 650 lions living in Gir National Park. This makes India the only country where lions and tigers could theoretically meet in the wild. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gir…
Today I learned of Roar, a 1981 wildlife film infamous for its troubled production. Over 70 cast and crew were injured, 15 lions and tigers escaped, 3 had to be shot, and $3 million worth of sets and equipment were destroyed when a dam collapsed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
Once a year, fish swim to Mexico for an orgy so loud it can deafen dolphins and sea lions newsweek.com/corvina-mati…
Rasputin's daughter Maria moved to the US and became a lion tamer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In earlier cuts of The Lion King, Simba was raised by Scar after Mufasa's death. mtv.com/news/video/302927…
Melanie Griffith's family kept a lion as a pet. Her family started raising big cats to later make a movie with them in it. youtu.be/38Taw9wIi2g?t=12…
There is a third Lion King film, which is a retelling of the first film entirely from the perspective of Timon and Pumba en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The Lion King (2019) is the highest-grossing computer animated film of all time while The Lion King (1994) is the highest-grossing traditionally animated film of all time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Three poachers broke into a reserve to hunt for rhinos and ended up being eaten by a pack of lions. nytimes.com/2018/07/06/wo…
Today I learned about Ligertown, an incident in Idaho where about 50 sheriff’s deputies, SWAT teams, Fish and Game officers and Idaho State troopers killed 15 lions whose escape from a chicken wire-enclosed game compound for lions, tigers and crossbred "ligersβ€³ forced parents to keep their children indoors. spokesman.com/stories/199…
Lions love to play with discarded Christmas trees, and have an effect similar to catnip on cats. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
The song β€œCan You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King, was originally meant to have been sung by Timon and Pumbaa. This idea was scrapped after Elton John himself intervened, saying β€œI don't want a big, stinky warthog singing my love song!". oprahmag.com/entertainmen…
Wild tigers never lived in Africa. As part of the Felidae family (lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, etc), these cats share a common ancestor that originated from Africa. A common theory is that one branch of this family migrated to Asia nearly 2 million years ago, evolving into tigers. thegreatprojects.com/blog…
A lion’s mane will change colour in accordance with its nutrition level and overall well-being; a male lion with a darker mane tends to be healthier and have higher testosterone levels. As a result, lionesses find lions with darker manes more attractive. nationalgeographic.com.au…
After Marvin Gaye recorded β€œWhat’s Going On” with two Detroit Lions players, he tried to join the team as a wide receiver even though he had never played football. Head Coach Joe Schmidt declined, believing he’d be too much of a moving target. espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/1…
The flag of Zeeland in the Netherlands has a lion in the waves and represents the region's constant struggle against the ocean en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
Farmers in Botswana have started painting eyes on their cow's bottoms to stop lions from attacking them. interestingengineering.co…
There were lions in the wild of North Africa until the 1960s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Only in the twentieth century did humans decide that the dandelion was a weed. Before the invention of lawns, the golden blossoms and lion-toothed leaves were more likely to be praised as a bounty of food, medicine and magic. Gardeners used to weed out the grass to make room for the dandelions. mofga.org/Publications/Th…
In Arthurian legend, the Questing Beast was a creature with the head of a serpent, body of a leopard, haunches of a lion, and feet of a deer. It may have inspired by third-hand descriptions of giraffes from merchants arthurlegends.com/the-que…
Disney CEO Eisner presided over a β€œgolden age” when Disney produced such blockbuster films as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King and became a merchandising powerhouse. But in 2004, 43 percent of the voting shareholders expressed their lack of confidence in Eisner and made him resign history.com/this-day-in-h…
Disney animated movies won the Academy Award for Best Original Song 5 times from 1989 - 1995. (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas) acousticmusic.org/researc…
Today I learned about Broken Leg, a collared mountain lion who’s kills over 15 months were recorded as 24 badgers, 1 sheep, 1 dog, 2 porcupines, 8 beavers, 9 coyotes, 2 mule deer, 2 antelope, and 17 elk. themeateater.com/conserva…
Today I learned of the Lion of Gripsholm Castle. In 1731 the King of Sweden was presented with a live lion, one of the first in Scandinavia. When it died, the taxidermist and museum keepers had never seen a live lion, resulting in a comically stuffed lion stillon display today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
The Tsavo Man-Eaters were a pair of lions in the Tsavo region, Kenya. They were responsible for the deaths of over 135 workers during the construction of the Kenya-Uganda Railway between March and December 1898. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsa…
The Holden logo is based on a prehistoric fable where lions were observed rolling stones which gave rise to the invention of the wheel. carlogos.org/Car-Logos/Ho…
If a male lion and female tiger mate you get a Liger, however if you mate a female lion and male tiger you get a Tigon wikipedia.org/wiki/Tigon
Canada's governor general RomΓ©o LeBlanc never sought media coverage and many Canadians were unaware of who he was. LeBlanc also removed the claws and tongue of the governor general's crowned lion royal symbol, saying that they were impolite and un-Canadian en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
Today I learned about "Roar," a 1981 comedy dubbed "the most dangerous movie ever made." Most of the crew was injured by untrained animals. Cinematographer Jan de Bont was scalped by a lion, and star Melanie Griffith received 50 stitches and nearly lost an eye. It cost $17 million but made only $2 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
"Diers Irea" is a music sequence associated with death fro more than 800 years that has been used in movies like the Shining , Star Wars , LOTR and the Lion King vox.com/videos/2019/9/16/…
The Detroit Lions started playing every Thanksgiving in 1938 as a marketing ploy to Garner more fans. The owner of the team also owned 93 radio affiliates and used that position to broadcast the games every year. Since 1978 the Dallas Cowboys also play on the holiday, taking the afternoon slot. sportingnews.com/us/nfl/n…
A man who survived a jump from the Golden Gate Bridge but broke his back on impact was saved from drowning by a sea lion who kept him afloat until rescuers could reach him. abc.net.au/news/2015-03-0…
A scientific study showed an audio-book recording of "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" performed by actor Michael York induced relaxation among kennel dogs more than classical music and much more than commercially available "dog music" sciencedirect.com/science…
The Emperor's New Groove was originally intended to be a musical epic similar to the Lion King titled Kingdom of the Sun, but after bad test screenings, the poor box office performance of Pocahontas, and creative differences between the directors, it was made into a light comedy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Roman Emperor Commodus, fought in the gladiator arena, often against animals. He once fought 100 lions in a single day, He killed 3 elephants single handed and was so good with a bow, he could headshot an ostrich at full gallop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
The 'lion-man' figurine is the oldest-known zoomorphic (animal-shaped) sculpture in the world. Carbon dating reveals it is between 35,000 and 40,000 years old. It was carved out of mammoth ivory using a flint stone knife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lio…
A mountain lion died five weeks after it consumed a porcupine. If the quills avoid large bones and vital organs, they can work their way straight through an animal with enough time and come out the other side several months after the encounter. The quills embed deeper and deeper through movement outdoorhub.com/mountain-l…
The characters Timon and Pumbaa were only put in the movie The Lion King because Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella audition so well together. They had originally auditioned for the hyenas, but were so funny that Timon and Pumbaa were created for them. ew.com/movies/2018/04/02/…
Maria Sharapova's on court grunt has been recorded at a volume of 101 decibels. That's louder than a motorcycle, a lawnmower and a small aircraft. In fact it's only 5 decibels less than a lion's roar. edition.cnn.com/2017/05/3…
The 1981 film Roar used real lions during filming, resulting in at least 70 cast and crew being injured. A crew member was scalped, another had his throat bitten out, and and much of the footage of attacks was used in the final cut of the film. The blood seen in the movie is real. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roa…
Seals and sea lions have retractable nipples, while dolphins and whales have folds of skin that hide feeding glands called "mammary slits", and we're still not sure how their babies feed from that. Also, a blue whale can produce 200 liters of milk per day. discoverwildlife.com/anim…
Whilst Filming the Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland was shunned by the Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion due to jealousy. Her only friend on the set was Margaret Hamilton who played the Wicked Witch of the West express.co.uk/expressyour…
Teddy Roosevelt and his son killed 512+ animals on a safari, the menagerie included: 17 lions, 3 leopards, 7 cheetahs, 9 hyenas, 11 elephants, 20 rhino, 29 zebras, 27 gazelles, 9 giraffes, 4 flamingos, 8 hippopotami, 2 ostriches, 4 crocodiles, 4 pythons, 2 vultures, and a pelican. vox.com/2015/7/29/9067587…
Before killing Cecil the lion Walter Palmer was penalized $2938 for illegally killing a black bear in Wisconsin in 2006 and he tried to bribe his guides $20000 to cover it up abcnews.go.com/US/photos-…
The actors who played the king and queen in Coming to America also played the king and queen in The Lion King. screenrant.com/coming-to-…
Russian author Lev Tolstoy is referred to as Leo Tolstoy in English after his translated works were published in French (with his blessing) under the name LΓ©on Tolstoy. Lev, LΓ©on, and Leo all mean "Lion" mosaicmagazine.com/observ…
In England, if you are using it to manufacture a finished product, you're only allowed to store 5 tonnes of lion faeces at any one time. gov.uk/guidance/waste-exe…
The King and Queen in The Lion King were voiced by the King and Queen in Coming to America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Scientists in Botswana have started painting eyes on cow's rumps to deter lions from attacking them. Protecting the livestock from lions also protects the lions, as local farmers no longer have any reason to shoot or poison them. smh.com.au/national/unsw-…
Lion roars can be as loud as 114 decibels, and they can achieve this because their vocal folds form a square shape instead of a triangle. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
In 1970, 3 men broke into the zoo in Portland. 1 was mauled to death by lions while showing off by lowering himself into the lions den. The next night, one of the surviving 2, broke in again & shot the lions to death gizmodo.com/the-saga-of-a…
Despite the widespread success of his song "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," Solomon Linda never received a cent of its royalties and died poor in 1962. He didn't even get a gravestone until 18 years after his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sol…
The voice actor for the singing parts of grown-up Simba in The Lion King in both "Hakuna Matata" and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" is Joseph Williams, the lead singer of Toto (as in, Africa by Toto) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
The Copenhagen Zoo killed and dissected, 2 year old giraffe 'Marius' in public, and fed him to the lions, and then 1 month later, culled 4 lions because 'they were introducing a male lion and did not want to disrupt the pride's natural structure and behaviour'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
Despite being a trained Broadway singer, Matthew Broderick only voiced the speaking role of adult Simba in β€œThe Lion King” (1994). Simba’s singing voice was provided by Joseph Williams, the lead singer of Toto. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
The stage play of The Lion King is the top-earning title in box-office history, making more money than any film or other stage production ever, now totaling over $8 billion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Chuck Hughes, a wide receiver for the Detroit Lions who died of heart disease while playing a game on 10/24/1971. To this day he remains the only NFL player to die during play. vintagedetroit.com/blog/2…
A tiger is heavily favored in a fight with a lion and a tiger once killed a lion with a single paw swipe at a zoo in Turkey smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Dragonflies have one of the highest hunting success rates in the animal kingdom at 97% (compared to a lion's mere 20%). youtube.com/watch?v=Y0vRu…
The producers of The Lion King originally wanted ABBA to write the songs, but they were unavailable. So they went with their second choice Elton John. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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