Battle of the ICONS.
The African Lion is one of the most feared predators in the world. Along with being the most social cats, they are also Africa’s largest big cat. Prides can form anywhere between 3 to 30 individuals, who join forces with one another to terrorise the Savannah and bring down prey. Lions are gifted with excellent vision, even in the dark. They use this to their advantage when stalking and chasing prey. Lionesses are built for the stalk and chase. They have excellent coordination between pride members during an attack which increases their chances of a kill. Although lionesses are lighter, faster and more agile in terms of ambush, chasing and hunting, it takes the collective effort of not only the females but more importantly the males to bring down large prey. A type of prey that requires all the big guns on the pride to contribute in its takedown is the Cape buffalo. Africa’s most formidable opponent for any predator, the buffalo is packed with over 2000 pounds of brute strength, powerful horns over 1.4 metres long and a short temper. Cape buffalos are considered the most dangerous animal on the savannah and the most unpredictable. Although they travel in herds of over 350 individuals and and are extremely protective of their own, they do not tolerate intruders. To notify them in case of trouble, they are packed with a heightened sense of smell which alerts them of the presence of any predators much in advance. Although during a one on one battle, a buffalo will easily emerge victorious over the lion, nature isn’t made that way. Lions being the only social big cats are one of the only predators capable of taking on a buffalo when in complete coordination with their pride. A fantastic battle if you ever get to witness it; it’s nature at its very best!
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