Most large cats, even domestic ones, prefer living in relative solitude. In contrast, lions are very social as evident by this tender interaction between a lioness and her mate. But don’t mistake affection for submissive. In the wild, the female African lion does most of the hunting and is the core of the pride. This living structure numbers from three up to 30 lions. Only one or two males are part of a typical pride while the rest are nomadic.