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.