Male lion eating buffalo kill in South Africa. Video. Even here, the outcome is uncertain. The Kruger lions eat a variety of 37 animal species, including ostriches, quelea nestlings, tortoises and small crocodiles, according to Siyabona Africa. Cape buffalo tries to escape male lion. Buffalo, even when retreating, may suddenly stop, turn and attempt to gore a pursuer before turning to flee again. Ribbons About Us. Program. The lions have adapted their hunting strategy so that they can prey on water buffalo and expend less energy capturing them. WARNING: Some people may find this video disturbing. Angela M. Cowan, Education Specialist and Curriculum Designer, Julie Brown, National Geographic Society After the initial stampede, they herd the buffalo through the water and relentlessly pursue them for hours at a time. Can some reinforcements tip the scale in the lions' favor? Cape buffalo struggles to shake off lion. After moving to the side of the road, the lionesses zero in on one buffalo and the other makes its escape. One female lion claws a buffalo’s back. Tsaro lions are called swamp cats. © 1996 - 2020 National Geographic Society. A male lion eventually sinks its teeth into the target and the buffalo gamely tries to buck it off. If a media asset is downloadable, a download button appears in the corner of the media viewer. Code of Ethics, This lists the logos of programs or partners of NG Education which have provided or contributed the content on this page. Other big cats live solitary lives, except when breeding or raising cubs. Text on this page is printable and can be used according to our Terms of Service. Footage shows a lucky buffalo being preyed on by lions and bitten by crocodiles before being saved by its herd in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Massive pride of lions chasing buffaloes right on the road at Kumana dam, driving them straight for us,’ the caption reads. the buffalo walk closer and the lions pounce! Their preference is for buffalo, giraffe, zebra and wildebeest among the larger animals, and porcupine and warthog as smaller game. In South Africa . Watch the scary video showing a group of tourists being used as a decoy by a Buffalo that is being hunted by a pride of lions! These are large hoofed mammals with an imposing pair of horns atop their heads. The buffalo is surrounded by a lion and two lionesses as the male assaults the animal, sinking his teeth and claws into its hide. Why do the Tsaro lions hunt water buffalo in the swamp, even though their instincts are to fear the water? By hunting together, lions are able to exhaust and kill their prey. Sustainability Policy | The lions ended Christmas with a buffalo meal for dinner.” 5. A group of safari-goers caught it on camera and shared the video to Latest Sightings. Buffalo are one of the main prey for Lions. A lion pride fails to kill unsuspecting buffalo. Any interactives on this page can only be played while you are visiting our website. Leopard Strikes Buck From Tree. Buffalo are considered one of the “big five,” a term grouping them with leopards, rhinoceroses, elephants, and lions as the most dangerous animals to hunt in Africa. Elizabeth Wolzak, National Geographic Society. The buffalo put up a good fight but the lions were more than she could handle on her own, especially with a broken front leg. Join our community of educators and receive the latest information on National Geographic's resources for you and your students. The scene starts off on the tar road as the lions pursue two buffalo. The buffalo may fend off the lions with its lethal horns and hooves.