Lion Predation on Elephants in the Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana

  title={Lion Predation on Elephants in the Savuti, Chobe National Park, Botswana},
  author={R. John Power and R. X. Shem Compion},
Lions rarely prey on elephants. Botswana's Savuti lions, however, switch to preying on elephants during the late dry season (August-November), and the frequency of this has increased in the last two decades (1985–2005). An opportunity to document this phenomenon was made possible with infrared viewing and filming equipment. A pride of 30 lions killed one elephant every three days. Seven of eight elephants killed were between four and 11 years old, as deduced from molar teeth ageing, and this… 
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