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Hunting and feeding behaviour of the African lion

1 April 2014

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Until fairly recently, lions were probably the large cat with the widest distribution in the world and included the American lion Panthera atrox which also seemed to have lived in prides. As little as a few million years ago, lions were still present in Eurasia and southern England. The African lion is the only living, sociable cat in Africa. While a pride of lions may be more succesful when hunting than a single lion, a carcass has to be shared among the pride members. This means the prides have to hunt more often than single lions.

Lions mainly hunt at night but they are opportunistic and will hunt at any time. Normally, they only move about for a few hours per day. The availability of stalking cover... (Become a subscriber for more)

 

Reference:

Sunquist, M and F Sunquist 2002. Wild cats of the world. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp 285 - 304.

Article by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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