Male lions always seem to be portrayed as poor hunters, however, new research shows they are skilful hunters.
Unlike female lions, which hunt co-operatively, male lions hunt alone and use dense vegetation as cover to ambush their prey.
As well as giving a new insight into the hunting behaviour of lions, the research suggests that changes to vegetation structure, such as through fire management, could alter the balance of predators and prey. The research will also help with understanding how to maintain lion habitat to best support their natural behaviour.
Lions are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List and a number of recent studies have shown major population declines: a study last year estimated that lion populations have fallen by 68 percent in the last 50 years. Habitat loss, prey decline, and lion-human conflict have all contributed to the decline.
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