Kruger National Park: Battle Between Buffalo, Lions, and Crocs

by J.D. Roth on 24 May 2007 · 7 comments

in Behavior,Movies

Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. It lies nestled in the northeast corner of the country, next to Mozambique and close to Zimbabwe. The reserve is home to a variety of flora and fauna.

YouTube user Jason275 has posted footage captured by a group on safari inside the park. Beside a watering hole, a herd of buffalo approaches and a pride of lions. The lions do what lions are prone to do: they chase down and tackle a juvenile buffalo. Before they can kill it, however, they’re startled by a pair of crocodiles, and then set upon by the returning herd. This is an amazing scene.

Do lions always hunt in packs like this? I’ve always been under the impression that each animal hunted alone, but I’m not sure why I believe this. Do buffalo herds always act in coordination to protect fallen members? Or is this a special circumstance? Why don’t the crocs sustain their attack? Why do the buffalo approach the lions in the first place? It looks deliberate, but maybe I’m wrong — maybe they’re unaware of the cats.

This is a great example of big game behavior in the wild.

[via waxy]

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Alan Bluehole 05 May 2007 (20) at 20:44

I’ll spend 6 days in this park next month, so I’ll keep an eye out for this very scene.


Canaduck 05 May 2007 (22) at 22:10

Lions are (one of?) the only cats who hunt and live in groups.


Canaduck 05 May 2007 (22) at 22:11

Lions are (one of?) the only cats that both hunt and live in groups.


Chrispminis 05 May 2007 (14) at 14:20

To answer the questions…

Lions almost always hunt in packs, although it is usually a single lioness that singles out the target, and then the rest of the pride comes running to make the kill.

Cape Buffalo do often protect their young. I don’t know whether they protect older members of the herd, but it is much more unlikely that lions would take down a full-grown buffalo. They are considered very dangerous.

Crocodiles, like all reptiles, do not share the stamina that mammals enjoy, and perform only short bursts of energy, requiring recuperation time. They are not built in the same way. This is why, in a mammal vs. reptile fight, if the mammal survives long enough, the reptile will almost surely lose, because it will be unable to keep up the fight.


damon 02 February 2008 (12) at 12:47

lions usually hunt in groups, as the animals they hunt are often large and highly aggressive. also, buffaloes and many of the other animals lions hunt travel in large herds, so group hunting means greater hunting succes.


bob rockenbach 09 September 2010 (06) at 06:27

amazing video


{ 1 trackback }

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

adobe photoshop 7 full download

cheap adobe cs5 adobe acrobat reader 6 download adobe ilustrator download cheap adobe acrobat download for mac adobe premire download

adobe premiere pro trial download

discount autocad 2011 lt free download for adobe streamline dreamweaver 8 download adobe buy cheap adobe acrobate reader free download australia adobe lightroom trial download

download adobe documents

discount creative suite adobe download photoshop elements 2 download adobe flash 9 for pda cheap download adobe photoshop cs3 free download adobe after effects

my space adobe flash player download

buy cheap creative suite 5 adobe photoshop cs2 patch download download adobe photoshop elements 4 cheap adobe flash player download for windows vista download adobe premiere pro cs3

download adobe photoshop free

cheap photoshop cs5 free pc download adobe pagemaker adobe download interruption cheap adobe professional download download and edit adobe files

free adobe photoshop elements 6 download

cheapest Symantec Command Line 10 adobe download manager free download for adobe acrobat discount adobe pdf document viewer download free download adobe acrobat installer

download adobe photoshop elements 4

buy cheap WebLog Expert 7 adobe photoshop cs2 trial download free download of adobe cs2 cheap adobe acrobat free download adobe master collection torrent download

adobe photoshop v7 download

Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 cheap adobe in design 2 download adobe macromedia flash download cheapest free adobe acrobat download for windows vista adobe download problem

adobe flashplayer download center

discount Autodesk Alias Automotive 2012 adobe reader free download download adobe illustrator cs2 trial discount download adobe scanner download free adobe after effect

adobe pagemaker 70 download

cheapest AutoCAD MEP 2012 safe free adobe flash 9 download download adobe photoshop album buy cheap download latest adobe acrobat reader adobe lightroom update download mac osx

adobe illustrator crack download

buy cheap Autodesk Inventor LT 2012 download adobe older versions adobe flash8 download discount adobe acrobat pro 8 download download adobe for free

adobe patch download

Autodesk Showcase 2012 discount free adobe ilrator download download adobe acrobat reader com cheapest download adobe photo download adobe photoshop elements 5tutorial