Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Two beautiful African lionesses fighting is a harmless game of fun for them in this photograph. These two massive predators are practicing their hunting skills.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 6 April, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/3200s
  • ISO: 3200
  • Focal Length: 370mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3653 by 2436 pixels (WxH).

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Two beautiful African lionesses fighting is a harmless game of fun for them in this photograph. These two massive predators are practicing their hunting skills. Playing catch with each other, and whirling lots of dust around them. Five lionesses were walking along the riverbank, all of them practicing and, of course, having fun. That game lasts for about 10 minutes before they jumped over the river. That lasted between 5 – 10 minutes before they jumped over the river. Soon they had disappeared on the other side.

African lionesses do most of the hunting for the pride. The male lion will only hunt if there is a big kill happening or because the lionesses haven’t handed his free lunch yet.

The lionesses will hunt in groups to ensure a higher success rate for killing prey. They do not have a considerable amount of stamina. However, they are intelligent, cats that use a few tactics to grant them favor during a hunt. One particular tactic they will use is to go after prey that has only one main clear route to take. The rest of the hunting group will ambush the victim. Indeed they have lured it into that specific route. Another tactic is making sure their prey has a dead end, like a river. If food is scarce, lionesses will not share the kill with their cubs. That is one of the reasons cubs have a high mortality rate. In the photograph ‘African Lionesses Fighting,’ their sociable behavior is demonstrated.

The lion, Panthera Leo, is in category vulnerable in the IUCN red list.

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