The video is both unbelievable and brutal. It’s depressing because it shows the death of animals in vivid detail. However, it also showcases nature at its most powerful and we can only admire the two brave animals involved in this desperate struggle. The video was shot in Narok, Kenya, in the Masai Mara National Reserve, known for its wild, rugged landscape and rich diversity of animal species.
lioness hunting eland
Lionesses usually take pride in hunting. They work as a team, which allows them to catch larger prey without much effort. Lions tend to sneak up on prey and give chase. Even better if they can find something hidden.
In this clip, we see a lioness apparently hunting alone. She cleverly uses parked vehicles to hide her approach. To the right of the truck is a poor, unsuspecting eland.
Gemsbok is a species of antelope belonging to the family Bovidae, native to several regions of southern Africa. They like to live in grasslands, woodlands, mountains and savannas. Their diet consists mainly of high-protein plants, and they prefer the leaves of flowering plants, but will eat whatever is available.
Adult eland is a great challenge for the lioness. They can grow to over 2,550 pounds and reach a height of 9 feet. Other than their size, camouflage, and horns, they don’t have much defense against predators. However, they are very strong and agile (they can jump fences up to four feet high) and are good at dodging! They also have great stamina. As you can see here, the eland is able to flip the lioness onto her back, which puts her in a vulnerable position for seconds.
However, the stronger lion was eventually able to overcome the eland. Besides lions, eland is also hunted by other large carnivores. These include hyenas, leopards and wild dogs. Some other smaller carnivores may have targeted eland calves.
People in Russia and South Africa use the milk and meat of eland in their cuisine, and they are often treated like cattle.
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I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.
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