Owch.

Have *just* gotten back from Gombe and already back in the field frantically trying to finish camera traps before my mother comes out to visit. Stories of chimpanzees to come soon.

In the meanwhile, here’s a link to a clip that National Geographic Television did on lion-cheetah interactions. While lions kill a lot of cheetah cubs, they also occasionally kill adult cheetahs, as you’ll see in this clip. Since cheetahs don’t pose any direct threat to lions (unlike hyenas and leopards, which can kill lion cubs), and they only have minimal diet overlap, we’re not entirely sure why lions seem so intent on killing cheetahs. Watching this video clip, what do you think is going on?

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About ali swanson

I'm an ecologist studying how large carnivores coexist. I spend way too much of my time trying to stop hyenas and elephants from munching my camera traps!

3 responses to “Owch.”

  1. Tor Bertin says :

    Interestingly enough, black-backed jackals have been known to kill lion cubs (Hayward et al. 2007). So, under the right circumstances, I could see cheetahs doing so.

    The question of what kinds of broad-scale patterns there are in interspecific killing between cats and other carnivores is something that I recently writing a review on. While I can’t go into great detail, I can say that predatory (i.e. non-competitive) killing is much more common than previously appreciated.

    Really enjoy reading your blog.

  2. we met in chicago says :

    interesting blog keep it up Ali

    from Chicago 🙂

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