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At this time of year, with long grass and lush vegetation covering the valley, predators are able to conceal themselves much more easily and make good use of the favorable conditions.
It is thought to serve several purposes…. It makes the lion appear bigger and helps to intimidate other lions during confrontations. It may also help in attracting females and can also protect the vulnerable neck area during any fights. The size and color of the mane is affected by various factors… genetic precondition, maturity, climate or habitat.
but often the main threat is from other lions? In order to protect their young from wandering and invading lions, and to successfully raise their young, females rely on protection from their resident males. Males keep invaders out of their territories by patrolling, marking and roaring, and they will even fight if they encounter a strange male.
The leopard uses the whiskers to judge how far away objects are. The most important ones are on the sides of the face and these help the leopard to feel its way in the dark, or when it is walking through tall grass.
Play is an important way for cubs to learn stalking, killing and fighting as well as to form strong social bonds with their companions.
in their hunting habits? Leopards are renowned for their strength and agility, which enables them to carry their food into the high branches of trees.
This allows for extra muscles to be attached to elongated vertebrae. The head can then be coiled back, like a loaded spring, ready to strike rapidly at any prey.
scavengers hyenas are actually highly interesting and intelligent animals? They are efficient hunters that can bring down such large animals as buffalos and zebras. Powerful teeth and jaws enable them to crush and consumer bones to get nutritious marrow, before the stomach’s highly concentrated hydrochloric acids helps digest the bone.
It also serves to strengthen social relationships in the troop with lower ranking members often grooming the higher ranking “seniors”. this behavior, and the need for constant social contact, has been likened to our human reliance on cell phones!
the waterbuck does not spend much time in the water, but will take refuge there to escape predators.