What Do African Lions Eat?

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African lions are carnivores that eat other animals like antelopes and zebras. Found only in central and southern Africa, these large cats are skilled hunters and search the grasslands for sources of food.

The lioness does the majority of the hunting, and the females will work together to take down a large animal like a wildebeest. If a pride of lions has trouble catching its own prey, it will attempt to steal the kill of other animal packs like hyenas or dogs.

Young lions do not begin helping the pride hunt food until at least 1 year of age. Although lions prefer to hunt in packs, a lion will hunt independently if a food source is available.