Lion Predation on Zebra


A lioness rests happily on a full stomach after gorging on a Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi). This cat was one of two lionesses that we stumbled upon on a glade while they were munching on the carcass. Initially the female pictured stood up and attempted to drag the zebra away, though it eventually settled next to its meal as the other lioness laid down several meters behind in the tall grasses. The carcass looked fresh though thoroughly disemboweled and its head unrecognizable. Two black-backed jackals scampered about from a distance, hoping to dive in for a quick bite when the lions are less vigilant, and we also heard spotted hyenas from a distance. Surely as soon as the lions move away the other carnivores will move in to claim part of their reward. Other cool spots last night were a zorilla (skunk-like Mustelid, Ictonyx striatus) and a genet — too elusive and quick for photos!

Photographed after slight disturbance [2]

Blurry photo of our initial encounter of the two lions

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