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Pictures: Lion and Leopard in Botswana.

Lion in Botswana
Lion (Panthera leo) in Botswana - the male.

The lion is one of the so-called "four big cats" which include also the tiger, jaguar, and leopard. It is the second-largest cat after the tiger. Wild lions lives mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. They usually lives in groups of of 15 or more animals. The lions of a pride hunt prey, raise cubs, and defend their territory together. While the main job of males in the pride is defending the pride's territory, the females do most of the hunting and cub rearing.

Leopard in Botswana
Leopard (Panthera pardus) in Botswana.

The leopard is the smallest of the four "big cats". It is now mainly found in sub-Saharan Africa. This graceful animal is capable of killing prey larger than itself. It prefers to live alone.

Leopards are primarily nocturnal, usually resting during the daytime in trees or thick bush. They are also are strong swimmers.



Planet still alive
find here more pictures of the wildlife photographer marie-france grenouillet, including great pictures from the fauna in botswana (hyenas, leopards, wild dogs, zebras, mammals,and birds) and other tourist destinations.

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Botswana > Pictures and travelogues > Black-backed Jackal and Wild Dog

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