Why do I hear lions roar every day at dawn and dusk?

Why hundreds of Sydneysiders report hearing ‘lions roar’ every day at dawn and dusk

  • The increased intensity of lion roars in Sydney is due to mating
  • Lions Ato and Maya met in lockdown
  • Zoo staff said the roar is a sign that they are comfortable with each other


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The ‘lion roar’ heard early in the morning and at dusk across northern parts of Sydney has been explained by staff at Taronga Zoo.

Sydney residents, especially those living in Neutral Bay, Mosman and Cremorne on the north coast, have reported ‘roars’ during their sunrise and sunset walks in recent weeks.

And it turns out they’re right, with the sound a combination of two of the big cats Ato and Maya, moving closer in intimate and significantly reducing the city’s noise pollution after covid lockdown.

The roar of the lions heard across the city early in the morning and at dusk has been explained by staff at Taronga Zoo (Ato the male lion is pictured)

The roar of the lions heard across the city early in the morning and at dusk has been explained by staff at Taronga Zoo (Ato the male lion is pictured)

Mating calls are still quite subdued, an excited zoo employee said on Facebook.

“Ato is still a fairly young lion, with age and confidence he will become even more assertive,” the staff said.

The expert also said that lions roar to communicate and they can do so at the same time — something other big cats can’t.

The detailed explanation came after a woman, who lives in Kurraba Point, on Sydney Harbor questioned the zoo on Facebook.

Lately we’ve been hearing the lions roar a lot in the late afternoon. It seems more than before. Is it because it’s mating season?” she asked.

The news caused some excitement among the residents of the neighborhood group, with some hoping that lion cubs would soon be at the zoo.

Others were relieved that they weren’t the only ones to hear the passionate roar of the lions.

“OMG, I heard it on Florence Street, especially last week. I thought I heard things,” said one mother.

And it turns out they're right, with the sound a combination of two of the big cats Ato and Maya (pictured), getting closer intimately and significantly reducing the city's noise pollution after covid lockdown

And it turns out they're right, with the sound a combination of two of the big cats Ato and Maya (pictured), getting closer intimately and significantly reducing the city's noise pollution after covid lockdown

And it turns out they’re right, with the sound a combination of two of the big cats Ato and Maya (pictured), getting closer intimately and significantly reducing the city’s noise pollution after covid lockdown

Others have heard the vocal lions walking near the nearby lighthouse of Robertson Point and Cremorne.

‘We hear the lions every afternoon. Cremorne Point is the bomb,” said one person.

And not only do people hear the lions, others also report hearing monkeys and elephants because of the reduction in noise pollution in the area.

Lions’ roars can be heard up to five miles away in the wild, which explains why so many Sydneysiders have reported the new activity.

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