Lioness Mmamoriri has a mane and roars like a male to survive

A lioness called Mmamoriri  has a mane like her male counterparts, and roars and acts just like the king of the jungle in order to survive. Experts at the Okavango Delta in Botswana, Africa, where she lives and was discovered, say it is a natural disguise strategy used by some animals to survive.

There are five other gender fluid lionesses in the same area. A gender fluid animal, including humans, may at any time identify as a female, male, neutrois, or some combination of identities.

In April this year, Robynne Kotzee wrote in Africa Geographic:

“Martina, her (Mmamoriri’s) predecessor, was regularly sighted around Mombo, and while her mane was much blonder, it was equally impressive. Recently, in one of the more southern prides on the concession, another young female has been spotted flaunting the first few tufts of a maturing mane. While this is not the norm, there has been an increase in reported incidences of these unusual felines on and around Chief’s Island over the last few years.”

Lioness Mmamoriri with a maneScientists said the blackness of Mmamoriri’s mane was most striking. A dark mane is commonly a sign of mature males with high levels of testosterone. (Image: africageographic.com)

According to zoologists, Mmamoriri has acquired an evolutionary twist, which will be inherited by her cubs.

Scientists say that this twist in evolution, in Mmamoriri ‘s case, is helping her grow a mane and behave like a lion so she can fool invading prides into thinking she is male – helping her survival.



Several other species, including deer, have been known to acquire gender fluid characteristics. In some species of deer, the male will not develop antlers so that it can surreptitiously breed with females while the males are fighting for dominance.

On Christmas Day, a BBC documentary – The World’s Sneakiest Animals – will feature Mmamoriri. The show, presented by Chris Packham, will also feature the Californian Ground Squirrel that rubs itself with the skin of its main predator, rattlesnakes, so they cannot catch its scent, and a cuttlefish that can change its skin colour and texture to disguise itself.

Gay Star News wrote the following regarding gender fluid traits in the animal kingdom:

“While children are taught to believe all animals are either male or female and all are straight, the natural characteristics shared by LGBTIs in the human world are widespread beyond our species.”

ClownfishIn the clownfish world, the male would start behaving as a female within hours of his female mate being eaten by a predator. The clownfish is a protandrious hermaphrodite – it modulates its gender as required to sustain adult breeding pairs. (Image: animalnewyork.com)

The cross-dressing ruff

The ruff, a medium-sized wading bird with a long neck, has what researchers from the University of Sheffield in England call a cross-dressing feature. Some males look like females and hide in plain sight of the other males. While most of the males are fighting for dominance, it is not confronted and steals mates extremely effectively.

Imagine a man entering a harem disguised as a woman, who has sex with all of them without the husband ever realizing. That is what the cross-dressing ruff does. In the case of the bird, its genes give it that feature. The scientist call it a supergene.

Ruff cross dresserThis female-looking ruff is, in fact, a male. (Image: Wikipedia)

Lead researcher, Professor Terry Burke, from Sheffield University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, said:

“The special feature of the supergene is that it allows lots of genes that are next to each other on a chromosome – which in this case determine multiple traits including hormones, feathering, colour and size – to evolve together and create two distinct behavioural traits.”

“This process is similar to the one that led to the evolution of separate sex chromosomes, and indeed the alternative forms of the supergene combined together to create the third type of bird personality – the girlfriend stealer.”

BBC Video – Gender-jumping fish

In this fascinating short video, you can learn about the weird and wonderful world of the gender swapping Anthias fish that lives in the Indo-Pacific coral reefs. The clip is taken from the BBC wildlife show ‘Battle of the Sexes in the Animal World’.

11 Comments
  1. Fanandala says

    I would want to see pictures of the harem first.

  2. GSo says

    “While children are taught to believe all animals are either male or female and all are straight, the natural characteristics shared by LGBTIs in the human world are widespread beyond our species.”

    They are not taught to believe this. They are taught that straight is the norm which it is being the majority in all male-female species. Not every issue has to be a gay rights issue you silly activists.

    And while ranting on, this same very site neglects to mention asexuality. I find the hypocrisy in gay sites like this amusing. Another position they omit is bisexuality which they reference only in their label of “LGBT” and normally no where else just like mainstream media and TV shows which often won’t mention bisexuality by name.

  3. Robert Lee says

    deviant is the word you are searching for gso

  4. Dean says

    Arrr….that explains successfull scoring all these years. Ponytail staying..

  5. rakeshkapila says

    She is acting like Queen Victoria!

  6. cameronsdemise says

    forget it , you are much safer with a good bowl of soup !

  7. marcos_marcotron says

    “Scientists say that this twist in evolution, in Mmamoriri ‘s case, is
    helping her grow a mane and behave like a lion so she can fool invading
    prides into thinking she is male – helping her survival.”

    While I’d agree having a mane may help her survival, the ‘twist in evolution’ is not ‘helping her so she can fool males’.

    She has the mane because of a mutation, and it may well be helping her, and if she and other lionesses like her are to survive longer, and breed and cause their offspring lionesses to have manes and also survive longer than they would without a mane, and the number of lionesses with manes rises against those without, then that would be an example of evolution, but she hasn’t grown a mane SO she can survive.

    It wasn’t grown to do a task, it was grown because it ‘randomly’ happened – if it’s beneficial and helps her live longer, and the trait is passed on, then more lionesses would also end up having the mane.

  8. Helena_Handbasket says

    Not really, more like Queen Hatshepsut!

  9. Peter Davies says

    So Gay star news loving this story and using to say, hey look, see how natural it is and it’s not just humans. Er, sorry but the lioness isnt doing it for sexual gratification and to fool male lions so that they can suddenly turn vulgar and make rancid sexual advances on them, its for survival so back in your box please and try and train tbe animals among you instead. (from a person with fairly liberal views, just don’t agree with offensive sexually motived transgenderism)

  10. Helena_Handbasket says

    Your personal sexual fantasies aside, that’s not why trans women are trans, either. BTW.. more than half my trans women friends are lesbians… and wouldn’t want anything to do with you, anyway.

  11. Peter Davies says

    Think I made it perfectly fucking clear that I don’t entertain any of your sick sexual fantasies you fucking pervert

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