9 lions vs. 1 leopard

EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: Uganda Carnivore Program

A young male leopard was recently attacked and killed by lion “Papa” and eight lionesses in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park. When the team at the Uganda Carnivore Program arrived at this pride of lions they were met with an unusual sighting as the pride attacked a solitary leopard.

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Each of the lions participated in the attack, and it was Papa who delivered the fatal bite. While rare to see in person, this competition exists. The team at the Uganda Carnivore Program also witnessed another lion killing a leopardess one night earlier this year as well as two incidences of a lion chasing after a leopard, with the leopards escaping both times.

Each of the lions participated in the attack of the leopard

Each of the lions participated in the attack of the leopard

Papa delivered the fatal bite

Papa delivered the fatal bite

Unfortunately this time it did not end well for the young adult leopard, and it is a reminder of the competition that exists among predators.

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Lions have an advantage over leopards both in length of stride and speed. The young leopard was likely not experienced enough to know he should have started his escape attempt earlier, especially against nine lions. The landscape is also fairly open in this area, with few thickets for the leopard to hide in.

Papa marking his territory after killing the leopard

Papa marking his territory after killing the leopard

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