African lions of east Africa, in countries like Tanzania, have been declining in numbers due to their loss of habitat, and the poaching and killing of lions for various reasons.
In recent times, the numbers are either stable or on the increase because more protected areas such as the Serengeti National Park, have been established.
Countries like Tanzania rely now on tourists to keep lions alive.
Lions are still very dangerous!
The African lion is a formidable foe for other animals like the Black Rhinos, Cape Buffalo, Leopards, and even humans.
Lions can be found sitting in prides in the grassy savannah, on a hot afternoon, hardly moving a muscle. Their shape and colours camouflages them very well.
You would have to be an expert safari guide or maybe a qualified experience park ranger to locate a pride of lions.
Lions usually hunt at night, when other animals congregate, after a long day of grazing and drinking. The male lions usually wait until the females locate and kill something like a wildebeest, an impala, or maybe a warthog. Lions are very clever and work in groups. They would prey upon old, injured, strays, or young animals, to make finding their dinner, an easier task. They eat around every 4 or 5 days.
Once the females have killed something, the male lion, with his large mane, will eat first, leaving what is left for the females and cubs.
While riding in a safari Land Cruiser jeep, you might even spot a tree lion, or a female dragging a dead wildebeest carcuss up the bumpy roadway.
Going on a Lion Hunt
The Serengeti National Reserve is Tanzania’s famous savannah parkland in the north. It is home to many lions. The safari guides can help tourists find the lion prides easily. Witnessing a pride of lions living in their natural habitat is a once in a lifetime experience.