Ngorongoro Crater, 2

February 11, 2013

The African lion is the most abundant large predator after the spotted hyena in the African savanna. Their prey includes wildebeest, impala and zebra, but they also devour smaller game as well (birds, turtles, rodents and ostrich eggs). The lions are also scavengers, often following up on a hyena kill or spying vultures in the distance gnawing on game carcasses. Lions have more success hunting in groups of 2 or 3, but they also hunt successfully as a single stalker at night. Lions breed year-round and a litter typically produces 3 cubs. Males start breeding at 5 years; females at 4 years. The gestation period lasts about 15 weeks with 20-30 months between births.
We encountered male lions crossing the road down the Ngorongoro Crater slope. Here are some photos:

 

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