Hunting tactics of lions :Since lions are at the top of the food chain, they have to teach themselves how to hunt. Cubs learn how to hunt under the watchful eye of the lioness at a very young age. Slowly, they learn every strategy by doing it. They are great hunters because they are brave, have strong claws, work well as a team, and move in a smooth and quick way this can be well witnessed on a Kenya safari.
Lions are known as the “King of the Beasts,” and their ways of hunting are unique and well-thought-out. Most of the time, the lion hunts groups of bigger animals like Cape buffalo, zebras, and giraffes. They hide in the grass and wait for their prey to get close enough to catch. They move very slowly and quietly as they get closer to their meal. When they are close enough to catch their prey, they charge at it fast. Lions bite their prey in the back and on the nose and break their windpipes after the attack. This makes the prey unable to move. You can see it in real life on a tour in Tanzania and on a Kenya safari.
They are extremely patient while it comes to hunt.
Most of the animals that lions eat are faster than them, so they have learned to be patient. During the hunt, they hide in the grass and don’t move much. They wait a long time for their prey to come near. Any small change can throw their plan off. They have to wait up to several hours for a single meal, which shows how patient they are when it comes to eating themselves. Once the food is close enough, the lion will attack and hunt it.
Lions follow a different hunting pattern for different animals.
The way a lion hunts changes depending on how big, strong, and aggressive the game is. Lions work together to take down big 5 animals. When they attack a group of zebra, Cape buffalo, or wildebeest, they first surround it from all sides. When they get close enough, they rush at the group. Most of the time, lions go after the weaker, older animals and the young ones because they are easier to kill.
When going after small animals, the lion stays out of sight by hiding in the grass. The lion gets its meal with a slow, planned move. Most of the time, they go for the simple “chase and hunt” method with smaller prey.
The cat hunts most of the time. When going after smaller animals like warthogs, lions sneak up on them by hiding in the grass. When the animal hears or sees something, it runs away. At that time, the hidden lion on the way of the prey gets the prey and kills it.
The lions don’t hide when they attack a group of Cape buffalo, which are huge. The lions surround the group of cows and make a lot of noise to get them to split up. But it can be dangerous for the lion because African buffalo are big and mean. So they are very careful when they go after any of them. After getting far away from each other and chasing it, they attack it by jumping onto its back and biting the end of its spinal cord. When the food slows down, lions from different sides jump at it and attack. Lions scratch and bite at their prey’s backbone to hurt the bone marrow.
The lion is the only dangerous animal that is both social and brave. No matter what their goal is, size doesn’t matter to them. People call lions “King of the Beasts” because they hunt in a way that is different from other animals. During your safari in Tanzania, you will be amazed.