Lion with dead wildebeest

Title Info
Common name Lion; Wildebeest or Gnu
Scientific name Panthera leo; Connochaetes taurinus
Taxonomic group Felidae; Bovidae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecosystems Grasslands, savannas
Grasslands and savannas Tropical grassland
Ecological interactions Predation
Organisms Animals
Animals Mammals
Date August 10, 2003
Location Ngorongoro Crater,Tanzania,Africa

Lion with dead wildebeest, Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. The females of this lion's pride recently killed a wildebeest, whose carcass can be seen lying on the ground near the lion's head. Lionesses generally do most of the hunting (and are much better hunters than the males), but the males (which are larger) typically get the first crack at the food. Males can weigh nearly 600 lb (about 250 kg) and can eat as much as 25% of their own weight in a single meal. This image was taken in Ngorongoro Crater, an extinct volcano crater some 100 square mi (250 square km) in area, with a 2,000 ft (600 m) wall around it; the crater wall can be seen in the distance.