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Zimbabwe: Landuse in Dry Tropical Savannas

Panthera leo


This is the largest predator on the African continent, standing at 125 cm at the shoulder and weighing up to 240kg. It preys principally on wildebeest, impala, zebra, waterbuck and kudu. It is basically a nocturnal hunter although it has been seen hunting during the day, normally it can be seen lazying in the shade during the day. The lioness does most of the hunting, while the male distributes the spoils.

Lions move in prides of up to 12 members. The male has a heavy mane that protects it from injuries to the neck during fights.

DeGraaff (1992)
Animals of the Kruger National Park. Struik Publishers, Cape Town. 31 pp.

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