Lion Anatomy- Teeth

Lions, being carnivores have specialised teeth to suit their diet and life style. The large canines are the first thing you think of when you imagine a lion tooth. but the molars and pre-molars are modified into what is called a carnassial shear, and play an important role in lion feeding. Lions don’t chew their… Continue reading Lion Anatomy- Teeth

Lion Anatomy- The Eye

A lions eyesight is arguably their most important sense. Along with a highly developed sense of smell and incredible hearing, these apex predators have a big advantage over most of their prey. Their eyesight, all though no better than ours during the day is far superior at night, lions are said to be able to see eight times better than… Continue reading Lion Anatomy- The Eye

Elephant Killers

“Do lions develop a taste for specific prey species?” I was asked this question during a safari, while we watched a pride of lions feeding on an elephant carcass. The elephant had probably died of old age and the lions, known for their scavenging, had picked up the scent of the carcass. I’ve observed lions… Continue reading Elephant Killers

Killing for survival

The lioness got up from the elephant carcass and walked towards the waterhole. She was soon followed by two others. As the first lioness reached the water she charged the flock of turtle doves drinking at the waterhole, managing to snare one as the doves scattered in flight. The other two lionesses ran at their… Continue reading Killing for survival